|1.||any of various dark viscid substances obtained by the destructive distillation of organic matter such as coal, wood, or peat|
|2.||another name for coal tar|
|—vb , tars, tarring, tarred|
|3.||to coat with tar|
|4.||tar and feather to punish by smearing tar and feathers over (someone)|
|5.||tarred with the same brush regarded as having the same faults|
|[Old English teoru; related to Old Frisian tera, Old Norse tjara, Middle Low German tere tar, Gothic triu tree]|
|tar (tär) Pronunciation Key
In addition to the idiom beginning with tar, also see beat the living daylights (tar) out of.
(Iranian: "string"), long-necked lute descended from the tanbur of Sasanian Iran and known in a variety of forms throughout the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Its name traditionally signified the number of strings employed-e.g., dutar ("two-strings"), setar ("three-strings"), and cartar ("four-strings")-but this is no longer true, as the sitar of India has up to seven strings. The body of the tar is hollowed out of a single piece of wood and is rounded out in two bulges so that the membrane-covered belly is like a figure 8 or hourglass. The instrument, which is played with a small metal pick, has movable frets and lateral pegs for the metal strings that are rib-fastened. The word tar is also a generic term for Middle Eastern tambourines.
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