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Topic: HOUSEHOLD

Date: 1900-2000
Origin: tarpaulin (17-21 centuries), probably from tar + PALL2 + -ing

tarpaulin

noun
     
tar‧pau‧lin especially British English also tarp American English [uncountable and countable]
DHTT a large heavy cloth or piece of thick plastic that water will not pass through, used to keep rain off things
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