earwax

[eer-waks]
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noun

a yellowish, waxlike secretion from certain glands in the external auditory canal; cerumen.

Nearby words

  1. earthwoman,
  2. earthwork,
  3. earthworks,
  4. earthworm,
  5. earthy,
  6. earwig,
  7. earwigging,
  8. earwitness,
  9. earworm,
  10. eas

Origin of earwax

First recorded in 1350–1400, earwax is from the Middle English word erewax. See ear1, wax1

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British Dictionary definitions for earwax

earwax

noun

the nontechnical name for cerumen
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Word Origin and History for earwax

earwax

n.

late 14c., from ear (n.1) + wax (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for earwax

earwax

[îrwăks′]

n.

A waxlike secretion of certain glands lining the canal of the external ear; cerumen.

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