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[tahr-pey-per] /ˈtɑrˌpeɪ pər/
a heavy, tar-coated paper used as a waterproofing material in building construction.
Origin of tarpaper
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95; tar1 + paper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The walls will be of shiplap, covered with matched siding, with tarpaper between.

    Neighbours Robert Stead
  • Outside, the rain fell in great silvery sheets, so that the noise on the tarpaper roof of the barracks was almost deafening.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • The roof will be of two thicknesses of boards, bent to a gentle oval over a stout ridge-pole, and again with tarpaper between.

    Neighbours Robert Stead

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