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Meaning of tarpaulin

tar•pau•lin

Pronunciation: (tär-pô'lin, tär'pu-lin), [key]
— n.
  1. a protective covering of canvas or other material waterproofed with tar, paint, or wax.
  2. a hat, esp. a sailor's, made of or covered with such material.
  3. a sailor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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