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EtymologyEdit

Germanic: the plural of mot 'moth' (cognate) + bal 'ball'

NounEdit

mottenbal m ‎(plural mottenballen, diminutive mottenballetje n)

  1. A mothball, chemically bugs-repelling ball
  2. (figuratively, in the plural) Long-term storage; unsavory state (of conservation)

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