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
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Examples from the Web for tanbark

Historical Examples of tanbark

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for tanbark



the bark of certain trees, esp the oak and hemlock, used as a source of tanninOften shortened to: tan
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