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 for mouse mat
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mouse mat
      n 1: a small portable pad that provides traction for the ball of
           a computer mouse [syn: mousepad, mouse mat]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  mouse mat
  mouse pad
      (U.S.: "mouse pad") A small sheet with a special
     surface for a rolling ball mouse to move on.  Most mouse
     mats are sheets of rubber or foam about 20cm by 25cm and about
     5mm thick with one side covered with cloth or sometimes hard
     plastic.  Deluxe versions come combined with a wrist rest.
     It is rare to find a mouse mat which does not carry some form
     of advertisement for some company or other.  They are such a
     common free gift that few people actually have to buy one.
     Mats are supposed to provide better traction and a clean,
     lint-free surface over which to move but it debatable whether
     they are useful at all, or whether any appropriate surface
     (preferably hard, even, flat, and clean) is as good.
     Howevever, some mice which use optical (e.g. Sun) or
     radio-frequency sensors (e.g. ?) to detect motion (instead of
     using a rolling ball) will only work on specially designed
     mouse mats.  Critics may consider this to be part of the
     connector conspiracy, though the designers would claim
     greater reliability due to the absence of moving parts.

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