- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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.The Siege of Boston
- the bark of certain trees, esp the oak and hemlock, used as a source of tanninOften shortened to: tan
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