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[tan-bahrk] /ˈtænˌbɑrk/
the bark of the oak, hemlock, etc., bruised and broken by a mill and used especially in tanning hides.
a surface covered with pieces of tanbark, especially a circus ring.
Origin of tanbark
First recorded in 1790-1800; tan1 + bark2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In a swag on the W side of a gulch lined with Douglas spruce and tanbark oak timber with exposure toward the S.

    California Athabascan Groups Martin A. Baumhoff
  • "I am serious," he dug the heel of his boot thoughtfully into the tanbark.

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
  • Handed him just one like a squirt of dope, and he's asleep, and no tanbark needed in front of his residence.

  • The dismantled church was transformed into a riding-ring, with tanbark on the floor, and a leaping-bar.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • All the stage folk and stars of the tanbark meet there every day.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The structure is similar to that of California live oak, but the pores of tanbark oak are smaller.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • But he felt Reddy on his back, heard him chirrup softly, and soon felt at ease on the tanbark.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford
  • tanbark peelers in Florida have cut much of the large mangrove forest.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • A tanbark slashing, when the peelers are ready to abandon it, is a sorry spectacle.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Anita, half thrown and half slipped from her saddle, was on the tanbark, directly in front of Gamechick.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard Molly Elliot Seawell
British Dictionary definitions for tanbark


the bark of certain trees, esp the oak and hemlock, used as a source of tannin Often shortened to tan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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