noun ado·be \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.

Illustration of ADOBE

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


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