noun ig·loo \ˈi-(ˌ)glü\

: a house made of blocks of snow or ice in the form of a dome

plural igloos

Full Definition of IGLOO

:  an Eskimo house usually made of sod, wood, or stone when permanent or of blocks of snow or ice in the shape of a dome when built for temporary purposes
:  a building or structure shaped like a dome

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Origin of IGLOO

Inuit iglu house
First Known Use: 1856

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt
IGLOO Defined for Kids


noun ig·loo \ˈi-glü\
plural igloos

Definition of IGLOO for Kids

:  a house often made of blocks of snow and shaped like a dome


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