noun \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

Illustration of IGLOO

Origin of IGLOO

Inuit iglu house
First Known Use: 1856

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Temporary dome-shaped winter home or hunting-ground dwelling of Canadian and Greenland Inuit (Eskimos), made from blocks of snow. The builder chooses a deep snowdrift of fine-grained, compact snow and cuts it into blocks. After a row of blocks has been laid in a circle, their top surfaces are shaved off in a sloping angle to form the first rung of a spiral. Additional blocks are added to the spiral to draw it inward until a dome is completed, leaving a ventilation hole at the top.


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