- any of various vetches, especially Vicia sativa.
- the seed of a vetch.
- Bible. a noxious weed, probably the darnel.
Origin of tare1
- the weight of the wrapping, receptacle, or conveyance containing goods.
- a deduction from the gross weight to allow for this.
- the weight of a vehicle without cargo, passengers, etc.
- a counterweight used in chemical analysis to balance the weight of a container.
- a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter T.
- to ascertain, note, or allow for the tare of.
Origin of tare2
- simple past tense and past participle of tear2.
Examples from the Web for tares
Which is the wheat and which the tares, that must be garnered or sifted from our loves?The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
She crawled about on her knees as she pulled up the tares and threw them into a basket.The Fortune of the Rougons
I mix the tares when they are sown with a third of white pease and a third of oats.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
Compare the lesson taught in the Parable of the Tares, Matt.
Then shall the wheat be segregated from the tares, and the sheep divided from the goats.
- any of various vetch plants, such as Vicia hirsuta (hairy tare) of Eurasia and N Africa
- the seed of any of these plants
- Bible a troublesome weed, thought to be the darnel
- the weight of the wrapping or container in which goods are packed
- a deduction from gross weight to compensate for this
- the weight of a vehicle without its cargo, passengers, etc
- an empty container used as a counterbalance in determining net weight
- (tr) to weigh (a package, etc) in order to calculate the amount of tare
Word Origin and History for tares
"kind of fodder plant, vetch," early 14c., perhaps cognate with Middle Dutch tarwe "wheat," from Proto-Germanic *tarwo, cognate with Breton draok, Welsh drewg "darnel," Sanskrit durva "a kind of millet grass," Greek darata, daratos "bread," Lithuanian dirva "a wheat-field." Used in 2nd Wyclif version (1388) of Matt. xxiii:25 to render Greek zizania as a weed among corn (earlier darnel and cockle had been used in this place); hence figurative use for "something noxious sown among something good" (1711).
"difference between gross and net weight," late 15c., from Middle French tare "wastage in goods, deficiency, imperfection" (15c.), from Italian tara, from Arabic tarah, literally "thing deducted or rejected," from taraha "to reject."