eye·​drop·​per | \ ˈī-ˌdrä-pər How to pronounce eyedropper (audio) \

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Take a clean eyedropper filled with baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin, or hydrogen peroxide, and put a few drops into your ear canal. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do If You Have an Earwax Blockage," 29 Jan. 2019 Use an eyedropper to apply it or submerse the stain in the stuff for 15 minutes. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Only True Sticklers for Cleanliness Will Be Able to Pass This Stain Removal Quiz," 15 Nov. 2018 Box crab is arranged in a circle on a plate with seaweed, served with a rich double consommé made with the crab and seasoned table side by a server delivering the essence of coconut and coffee via eyedroppers. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018 Tiny doses of testosterone are doled out from an eyedropper at the end of the day to aid recovery. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Pedaling Uphill, on a Bike and in a Marriage," 18 June 2018 To prevent earworm problems, use an eyedropper or spray bottle to apply a mixture of vegetable oil, Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), water, and a few drops of dishwashing liquid to the tip of each ear several days after the silks emerge. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Corn," 5 Apr. 2016 Their patriotism extends only as far as a donor’s wallet and their devotion to the Constitution can be measured with an eyedropper. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "You're Not NeverTrump Unless You're NeverRyan and NeverMcConnell," 5 Jan. 2018 Use an eyedropper to apply a few drops of baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin or hydrogen peroxide in your ear canal. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Home remedies: Cleaning out the earwax," 26 Sep. 2017 Another table held trays of developing chemicals and other tools: sponges, cotton balls, eyedroppers (thus the plastic sheeting). Illuminated on the big screen behind her were engravings of 19th-century photographers at work. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A lecture on 19th-century photography techniques provides more than a snapshot," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of eyedropper

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eyedropper was in 1891

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English Language Learners Definition of eyedropper

: a small tube that is used to measure out drops of liquid


eye·​drop·​per | \ ˈī-ˌdrä-pər How to pronounce eyedropper (audio) \

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eye·​drop·​per | \ ˈī-ˌdräp-ər How to pronounce eyedropper (audio) \

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Other Words from eyedropper

eyedropperful \ -​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce eyedropperful (audio) \ noun

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