earwax: the waxy secretion of glands lining the canal of the external ear ( technical )
[Late 17th century. < modern Latin< Latin cera "wax"]
Cerumen. Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2009 Microsoft Corporation. http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/cerumen.html (accessed: March 20, 2009).
There was a popping sound as Bob removed his finger from his ear and the light caused his cerumen encrusted nail to glisten; "Shake on it?".
Bob was unable to seal many deals with a handshake.