Pronunciation: (tär-pô'lin, tär'pu-lin), [key]
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. Rare.a sailor.
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