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earplug

[eer-pluhg] /ˈɪərˌplʌg/
noun
1.
a plug of soft, pliable material inserted into the opening of the outer ear, especially to keep out water or noise.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; ear1 + plug
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Examples from the web for earplug
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  • As customary in loud environments, the use of an earplug is recommended.
British Dictionary definitions for earplug

earplug

/ˈɪəˌplʌɡ/
noun
1.
a small piece of soft material, such as wax, placed in the ear to keep out noise or water
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Encyclopedia Article for earplug

type of ear ornament usually inserted in pierced and distended earlobes and generally worn by traditional peoples. Earplugs were the direct forerunners of today's pierced earrings.

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