from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A viscous black fluid that is a byproduct of the destructive distillation of wood and is used in pitch, preservatives, and medicines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. tar obtained from wood. It is usually obtained by the distillation of the wood of the pine, spruce, or fir, and is used in varnishes, cements, and to render ropes, oakum, etc., impervious to water.
  • n. See under Tar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any tar obtained by the destructive distillation of wood


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