tan bark
Tan Tan, n. [F. tan, perhaps fr. Armor. tann an oak, oak bar; or of Teutonic origin; cf. G. tanne a fir, OHG. tanna a fir, oak, MHG. tan a forest. Cf. {Tawny}.] 1. The bark of the oak, and some other trees, bruised and broken by a mill, for tanning hides; -- so called both before and after it has been used. Called also {tan bark}. [1913 Webster]

2. A yellowish-brown color, like that of tan. [1913 Webster]

3. A brown color imparted to the skin by exposure to the sun; as, hands covered with tan. [1913 Webster]

{Tan bed} (Hort.), a bed made of tan; a bark bed.

{Tan pickle}, the liquor used in tanning leather.

{Tan spud}, a spud used in stripping bark for tan from trees.

{Tan stove}. See {Bark stove}, under {Bark}.

{Tan vat}, a vat in which hides are steeped in liquor with tan. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tan|bark — «TAN BAHRK», noun. 1. the crushed bark, as of oak and hemlock, containing tannin and used in tanning hides; tan. Riding tracks and circus rings are often covered with used tanbark. 2. a riding track or circus ring so covered: »Out on the tanbark… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tan — Tan, n. [F. tan, perhaps fr. Armor. tann an oak, oak bar; or of Teutonic origin; cf. G. tanne a fir, OHG. tanna a fir, oak, MHG. tan a forest. Cf. {Tawny}.] 1. The bark of the oak, and some other trees, bruised and broken by a mill, for tanning… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tan bed — Tan Tan, n. [F. tan, perhaps fr. Armor. tann an oak, oak bar; or of Teutonic origin; cf. G. tanne a fir, OHG. tanna a fir, oak, MHG. tan a forest. Cf. {Tawny}.] 1. The bark of the oak, and some other trees, bruised and broken by a mill, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tan pickle — Tan Tan, n. [F. tan, perhaps fr. Armor. tann an oak, oak bar; or of Teutonic origin; cf. G. tanne a fir, OHG. tanna a fir, oak, MHG. tan a forest. Cf. {Tawny}.] 1. The bark of the oak, and some other trees, bruised and broken by a mill, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tan spud — Tan Tan, n. [F. tan, perhaps fr. Armor. tann an oak, oak bar; or of Teutonic origin; cf. G. tanne a fir, OHG. tanna a fir, oak, MHG. tan a forest. Cf. {Tawny}.] 1. The bark of the oak, and some other trees, bruised and broken by a mill, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tan stove — Tan Tan, n. [F. tan, perhaps fr. Armor. tann an oak, oak bar; or of Teutonic origin; cf. G. tanne a fir, OHG. tanna a fir, oak, MHG. tan a forest. Cf. {Tawny}.] 1. The bark of the oak, and some other trees, bruised and broken by a mill, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tan vat — Tan Tan, n. [F. tan, perhaps fr. Armor. tann an oak, oak bar; or of Teutonic origin; cf. G. tanne a fir, OHG. tanna a fir, oak, MHG. tan a forest. Cf. {Tawny}.] 1. The bark of the oak, and some other trees, bruised and broken by a mill, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tan — v 1. convert to leather, steep or soak in tan bark or tannin or tannic acid; lie in the sun, sunbathe, weather. 2. brown, embrown, turn brown, toast, darken. 3.Informal. spank, thrash thresh, Inf. whale the tar out of, Brit. Dial. yerk; whip,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • tan. — «tan», adjective, noun, verb, tanned, tan|ning. –adj. 1. light yellowish brown in color: »He wore tan shoes. 2. having to do with tanning. 3. used in tanning. –n. 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tan — Tan, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tanned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tanning}.] [F. tanner, LL. tannare. See {Tan}, n.] 1. To convert (the skin of an animal) into leather, as by usual process of steeping it in an infusion of oak or some other bark, whereby it is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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