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tarpaper

[ tahr-pey-per ]
/ ˈtɑrˌpeɪ pər /
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noun
a heavy, tar-coated paper used as a waterproofing material in building construction.
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Origin of tarpaper

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; tar1 + paper

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How to use tarpaper in a sentence

  • From a second-story window of a rooming house covered with red brick-patterned tarpaper comes the sound of a blues harmonica.

  • 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
  • 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 walls will be of shiplap, covered with matched siding, with tarpaper between.

    Neighbours|Robert Stead
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