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[tahr-pey-per] /ˈtɑrˌpeɪ pər/
a heavy, tar-coated paper used as a waterproofing material in building construction.
Origin of tarpaper
1890-95, Americanism; tar1 + paper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tarpaper
  • The roof collapsed, sending down a fresh avalanche of wood and nails, tarpaper and shingles and insulation.
  • Asphalt, including asphalt roofing shingles or tarpaper.
  • The glue is spread on squares of tarpaper or heavy cardboard, which are then placed in active runways.
  • Historic photos show a board and batten structure with tarpaper roof and courtyard with concrete wash racks.
  • tarpaper stapled to form a cylinder and placed around the base of an affected plant will deter many pests.
  • Administration buildings were similar to evacuee barracks, but with white clapboard exteriors rather than tarpaper.
  • Commonly contains trace amounts of tarpaper and nails.

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