earwax

noun
ear·wax | \ˈir-ˌwaks \

Definition of earwax 

: the yellow waxy secretion from the glands of the external ear

called also cerumen

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These are, however, heady times for earwax enthusiasts, as researchers continue to dig out unexpected insights about this lowly substance. Cecil Adams, Chicago Reader, "Why are different races correlated with two different types of earwax, and when did this divergence occur?," 25 May 2018 For instance, the report asserts that the whales’ age can only be ascertained by analyzing earwax plugs that build up over time. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Japan Killed 112 Pregnant Whales in the Name of Scientific Research," 30 May 2018 It’s been understood for a while that the consistency of one’s earwax is a genetic trait, distributed ethnogeographically, as your quote describes. Cecil Adams, Chicago Reader, "Why are different races correlated with two different types of earwax, and when did this divergence occur?," 25 May 2018 Her medicine drops also had stopped passing through her ear, leading her to think that perhaps earwax had built up inside. Kristine Phillips, Houston Chronicle, "A cockroach crawled into a Florida woman's ear. It took nine days to get it out.," 5 May 2018 Her medicine drops also had stopped passing through her ear, leading her to think that perhaps earwax had built up inside. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "A cockroach crawled into a Florida woman’s ear. It took nine days to get it out.," 5 May 2018 Her medicine drops also had stopped passing through her ear, leading her to think that perhaps earwax had built up inside. Kristine Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "A cockroach crawled into a Florida woman's ear. It took nine days to get it out.," 5 May 2018 An individual’s phenotype is the collection of his or her characteristics, including height, eye color and earwax wetness. Ben Guarino, BostonGlobe.com, "This tiny skeleton found in Chile might look like an alien’s, but genetics studies are uncovering the tragic, true story," 23 Mar. 2018 An individual's phenotype is the collection of his or her characteristics, including height, eye color and earwax wetness. Ben Guarino, chicagotribune.com, "A tiny skeleton found in Chile might look like an alien, but her genes tell a different story," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of earwax

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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earwax

noun

English Language Learners Definition of earwax

: a waxlike substance produced inside the ear

earwax

noun
ear·wax | \ˈir-ˌwaks \

Kids Definition of earwax

: a yellowish brown waxy substance made by glands in the canal of the outer part of the ear

earwax

noun
ear·wax | \ˈi(ə)r-ˌwaks \

Medical Definition of earwax 

: the yellow waxy secretion from the glands of the external ear

called also cerumen

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