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ink ball

noun, Printing.
1.
one of a pair of heavy pads of horsehair and cotton covered with sheepskin or buckskin and equipped with a handle, used before the invention of the ink roller for dabbing ink on type for printing.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20
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