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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. 2018.
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  • "I am serious," he dug the heel of his boot thoughtfully into the tanbark.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris
  • All the stage folk and stars of the tanbark meet there every day.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • No, Bill, I want to sleep on that bank, in the tanbark beside the brook.

    The Dual Alliance Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • The house was set back from a quiet street, but that street was strewn with tanbark to check the sound of carriages.

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

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • What occurred with chestnut oak and hemlock in the East, is occurring with tanbark oak in the West.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • A few months later, when fire runs through, the end of the tanbark oak on that tract is accomplished.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The structure is similar to that of California live oak, but the pores of tanbark oak are smaller.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • It would seem, therefore, that the tanbark oak will hold at least part of the ground where nature planted it.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • In northern California the bark is sometimes mixed with that of tanbark oak and sold to tanneries.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
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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