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
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