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steel wool

noun
  1. a tangled or matted mass of stringlike steel shavings, used for scouring, polishing, smoothing, etc.
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Origin of steel wool

First recorded in 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for steel wool

steel wool

noun
  1. a tangled or woven mass of fine steel fibres, used for cleaning or polishing
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