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tanbark

[tan-bahrk] /ˈtænˌbɑrk/
1.
the bark of the oak, hemlock, etc., bruised and broken by a mill and used especially in tanning hides.
2.
a surface covered with pieces of tanbark, especially a circus ring.
Origin of tanbark
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; tan1 + bark2
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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

tanbark

/ˈtænˌbɑːk/
noun
1.
the bark of certain trees, esp the oak and hemlock, used as a source of tannin Often shortened to tan
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