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adobe

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noun ado·be \ə-ˈdō-bē\

Simple Definition of adobe

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of adobe

  1. 1 :  a brick or building material of sun-dried earth and straw

  2. 2 :  a structure made of adobe bricks

  3. 3 :  a heavy clay used in making adobe bricks; broadly :  alluvial or playa clay in desert or arid regions

adobelike

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Examples of adobe in a sentence

  1. The house was built of adobe.



Did You Know?

Handmade sun-dried bricks, adobes are formed from a mixture of heavy clay and straw found in dry regions. As a building material, adobes date back thousands of years and are 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 adobes ideal material for both dwellings and ovens; home interiors retain heat in winter and stay cool in summer. The adobe buildings at Taos, New Mexico, are typical of Native American pueblo dwellings.

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Origin and Etymology of adobe

Spanish, from Arabic al-ṭūb the brick, from Coptic tōbe brick, from Egyptian dbt


First Known Use: 1748

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ADOBE Defined for Kids

adobe

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noun ado·be \ə-ˈdō-bē\

Definition of adobe for Students

  1. 1 :  brick made of earth or clay dried in the sun

  2. 2 :  a building made of adobe




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