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tanbark

[tan-bahrk] /ˈtænˌbɑrk/
1.
the bark of the oak, hemlock, etc., bruised and broken by a mill and used especially in tanning hides.
2.
a surface covered with pieces of tanbark, especially a circus ring.
Origin of tanbark
1790-1800
1790-1800; tan1 + bark2
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  • In a swag on the W side of a gulch lined with Douglas spruce and tanbark oak timber with exposure toward the S.

    California Athabascan Groups Martin A. Baumhoff
  • "I am serious," he dug the heel of his boot thoughtfully into the tanbark.

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
  • Handed him just one like a squirt of dope, and he's asleep, and no tanbark needed in front of his residence.

  • The dismantled church was transformed into a riding-ring, with tanbark on the floor, and a leaping-bar.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • All the stage folk and stars of the tanbark meet there every day.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The structure is similar to that of California live oak, but the pores of tanbark oak are smaller.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • But he felt Reddy on his back, heard him chirrup softly, and soon felt at ease on the tanbark.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford
  • tanbark peelers in Florida have cut much of the large mangrove forest.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • A tanbark slashing, when the peelers are ready to abandon it, is a sorry spectacle.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Anita, half thrown and half slipped from her saddle, was on the tanbark, directly in front of Gamechick.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard Molly Elliot Seawell
British Dictionary definitions for tanbark

tanbark

/ˈtænˌbɑːk/
noun
1.
the bark of certain trees, esp the oak and hemlock, used as a source of tannin Often shortened to tan
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