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1. The bark of various trees used as a source of tannin.
2. Shredded bark from which the tannin has been extracted, used to cover circus arenas, racetracks, and other surfaces.


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



1. the bark of the oak, hemlock, etc., bruised and broken by a mill and used esp. in tanning hides.
2. a surface covered with pieces of tanbark, esp. a circus ring.


Chips of tree bark rich in tannin, commonly oak tree bark. As an aside, the leaves of trees like elm have little tannin in them and can be safely eaten by cattle, while oak leaves have so much tannin in them that, while they can be eaten by horses, cannot be safely eaten by cattle. During the Depression of the 1930s and during times of severe drought, it was not uncommon to chop down any available elm trees so cattle could eat the leaves.
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Noun1.tanbark - bark rich in tannin; bruised and cut in pieces to use for tanning; spent tanbark used as a ground covering
bark - tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
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This done, you have only to stroll along, with the mill on your back, until you see tanbark in the street, and a knocker wrapped up in buckskin.
Away with tanbark and filthy vats and foul cowhides!
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Plus, the winery's new estate, Tanbark Mill Vineyard, is just a few miles away from the tasting room.
There are useful and interesting descriptions of the origins of the Scots Pine stumps found in so many peat bogs (victims of climate change 4,000 years ago) in Chapter 1; the commercial use of oak coppice for iron smelting and tanbark in the 18th and early 19th centuries; the role of German foresters in the development of Indian forest policy and practice, and the pressure from returning colonial foresters to develop a forest policy for the United Kingdom, all in Chapter 2.
Like mining, however, timber and tanbark faltered as economically accessible supplies were exhausted.
appear together on the tanbark as mere 'mortals' ...
It was estimated that 8 billion board feet of hemlock timber was cut for its bark in Maine alone from 1760 to 1935, when the industry migrated south and west and chemical-tanning agents replaced tanbark (Coolidge 1963).
He prances now--impatience in the thudding of his hoofs upon the tanbark, defiance in his manner--and the chains jerk tight.