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tarpaulin

[tahr-paw-lin, tahr-puh-lin] /tɑrˈpɔ lɪn, ˈtɑr pə lɪn/
noun
1.
a protective covering of canvas or other material waterproofed with tar, paint, or wax.
2.
a hat, especially a sailor's, made of or covered with such material.
3.
Rare. a sailor.
Origin of tarpaulin
1595-1605
1595-1605; earlier tarpauling. See tar1, pall1, -ing1
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tarpaulin

/tɑːˈpɔːlɪn/
noun
1.
a heavy hard-wearing waterproof fabric made of canvas or similar material coated with tar, wax, or paint, for outdoor use as a protective covering against moisture
2.
a sheet of this fabric
3.
a hat of or covered with this fabric, esp a sailor's hat
4.
a rare word for seaman
Word Origin
C17: probably from tar1 + pall1 + -ing1
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n.

c.1600, from tar (n.1) + palling, from pall "heavy cloth covering" (see pall (n.)); probably so called because the canvas is sometimes coated in tar to make it waterproof.

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