tan·​bark ˈtan-ˌbärk How to pronounce tanbark (audio)
: a bark rich in tannin bruised or cut into small pieces and used in tanning
: a surface (such as a circus ring) covered with spent tanbark

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By then most of the playground fixtures had been removed instead of repaired and all that was left was lots of pavement, maybe some tanbark. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tanbark was in 1799

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“Tanbark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanbark. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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