from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. India-rubber.


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  • "According to records from the 18th century, the elastic substance from tropical plants got its name thanks to its common use of being rubbed over pencil marks to erase them. Since using this substance as an eraser required a lot of rubbing, people began calling it 'rubber.' Another name for rubber from the same era that didn’t catch on quite as well was 'lead-eater.'"

    June 7, 2010