a plug of soft, pliable material inserted into the opening of the outer ear, especially to keep out water or noise.

1900–05; ear1 + plug

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earplug (ˈɪəˌplʌɡ)
a small piece of soft material, such as wax, placed in the ear to keep out noise or water

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Example sentences for earplugs
This ear material was later developed into commercial memory foam earplugs.
Sometimes earplugs are connected with a cord to keep them together when not in
Other common material bases for earplugs are viscous wax or silicone.
Some musicians earplugs are custommade for the individual listener.
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