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The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

tarball n. [very common; prob. based on the ?tar baby? in the Uncle Remus folk tales] An archive, created with the Unix tar(1) utility, containing myriad related files. ?Here, I'll just ftp you a tarball of the whole project.? Tarballs have been the standard way to ship around source-code distributions since the mid-1980s; in retrospect it seems odd that this term did not enter common usage until the late 1990s.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):

tar tape archive tarball ("Tape ARchive", following ar) Unix's general purpose archive utility and the file format it uses. Tar was originally intended for use with magnetic tape but, though it has several command line options related to tape, it is now used more often for packaging files together on other media, e.g. for distribution via the Internet. The resulting archive, a "tar file" (humourously, "tarball") is often compressed, using gzip or some other form of compression (see tar and feather). There is a GNU version of tar called gnutar with several improvements over the standard versions. Filename extension: .tar MIME type: unregistered, but commonly application/x-tar Unix manual page: tar(1). Compare shar, zip. (1998-05-02)