a device, as a piece of rubber or cloth, for erasing marks made with pen, pencil, chalk, etc.
a person or thing that erases.

Origin of eraser

First recorded in 1780–90; erase + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an object, such as a piece of rubber or felt, used for erasing something written, typed, etca pencil eraser
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Word Origin and History for eraser

"thing that erases writing," 1790, American English, agent noun from erase. Originally a knife for scraping off the ink. As a rubber product for removing pencil marks, from 1858.

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