from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wax colored with lampblack that is used to stain and polish the edges of the soles and heels of shoes or to take rubbings of brass or stone inscriptions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mixture of wax and lampblack used to polish shoes, and in brass rubbing
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A composition of wax and lampblack, used by shoemakers for polishing, and by antiquaries in copying inscriptions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A preparation of wax used by shoemakers in the form of a ball in burnishing the heels of shoes. Also called blackball.
- n. A kind of dabber for spreading ink or color upon anything: used in taking trial impressions from engraved plates and the like.
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