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

1350–1400; Middle English erewax. See ear1, wax1

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earwax (ˈɪəˌwæks)
the nontechnical name for cerumen

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late 14c., from ear (1) + wax (n.).
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earwax ear·wax (ēr'wāks')
A waxlike secretion of certain glands lining the canal of the external ear; cerumen.

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The government does not need to be involved if someone decides to trace his ancestry or discover what type of earwax he has.
Some people find earwax, when wet, causes their ears to feel itchy.
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