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.

1790–1800; tan1 + bark2

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tanbark (ˈtænˌbɑːk)
Often shortened to: tan the bark of certain trees, esp the oak and hemlock, used as a source of tannin

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Here locally harvested tanbark and redwood were transferred onto ships anchored in the cove below.
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