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 for Polishing snake
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Polishing \Pol"ish*ing\,
     a. & n. from Polish.
     [1913 Webster]
     Polishing iron, an iron burnisher; esp., a small smoothing
        iron used in laundries.
     Polishing slate.
     (a) A gray or yellow slate, found in Bohemia and Auvergne,
         and used for polishing glass, marble, and metals.
     (b) A kind of hone or whetstone; hone slate.
     Polishing snake, a tool used in cleaning lithographic
     Polishing wheel, a wheel or disk coated with, or composed
        of, abrading material, for polishing a surface.
        [1913 Webster]

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