From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tannic \Tan"nic\, a.
   Of or pertaining to tan; derived from, or resembling, tan;
   as, tannic acid.
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   Tannic acid. (Chem.)
   (a) An acid obtained from nutgalls as a yellow amorphous
       substance, C14H10O9, having an astringent taste, and
       forming with ferric salts a bluish-black compound, which
       is the basis of common ink. Called also tannin, and
       gallotannic acid.
   (b) By extension, any one of a series of astringent
       substances resembling tannin proper, widely diffused
       through the vegetable kingdom, as in oak bark, willow,
       catechu, tea, coffee, etc.
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