heel·​ball ˈhēl-ˌbȯl How to pronounce heelball (audio)
: a composition of wax and lampblack used by shoemakers for polishing and by antiquarians for making rubbings of inscriptions

Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heelball was in 1774

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“Heelball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heelball. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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