Variant of tar
- a thick, sticky, brown to black liquid with a pungent odor, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood, coal, peat, shale, etc.: tars are composed of hydrocarbons and their derivatives, and are used for protecting and preserving surfaces, in making various organic compounds, etc.
- loosely any of the solids in smoke, as from tobacco
Origin: Middle English terre ; from Old English teru ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form terw(i)a-, substance from trees ; from Indo-European base an unverified form deru-, tree
- of or like tar
- covered with tar; tarred