noun \ə-ˈdō-bē\

: a type of brick made of a mixture of mud and straw that is dried by the sun

Full Definition of ADOBE

:  a brick or building material of sun-dried earth and straw
:  a structure made of adobe bricks
:  a heavy clay used in making adobe bricks; broadly :  alluvial or playa clay in desert or arid regions
ado·be·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of ADOBE

  1. The house was built of adobe.

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Origin of ADOBE

Spanish, from Arabic al-ṭūb the brick, from Coptic tōbe brick, from Egyptian dbt
First Known Use: 1748

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

Rhymes with ADOBE


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Handmade sun-dried bricks formed from a mixture of heavy clay and straw found in arid regions. As a building material, adobe dates back thousands of years and is found in many parts of the world. Molds for shaping the bricks were brought to the New World by the Spanish. Excellent insulating properties make adobe an ideal material for both dwellings and ovens; home interiors retain heat in winter and stay cool in summer. The adobe buildings at Taos, N.M., are typical of Native American pueblo dwellings.


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