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adobe

[uh-doh-bee]
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noun
  1. sun-dried brick made of clay and straw, in common use in countries having little rainfall.
  2. a yellow silt or clay, deposited by rivers, used to make bricks.
  3. a building constructed of adobe.
  4. a dark, heavy soil, containing clay.
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Origin of adobe

1750–60; Americanism; < Spanish < Arabic al-ṭub the brick < Coptic to:o:be brick < Egyptian Demotic tb < Egyptian Hieroglyphic ḏbt
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  • Every day Schiefflin set forth on his mule from the adobe house.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • There were several men lounging about the adobe when he reached it.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • The adobe flashed out from the shadow and Roger slid down into the well.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • Dick suggested we save lumber by making the engine house of adobe.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • "If the adobe won't take too long, I like the idea," said Roger.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie


British Dictionary definitions for adobe

adobe

noun
    1. a sun-dried brick used for building
    2. (as modifier)an adobe house
  1. a building constructed of such bricks
  2. the clayey material from which such bricks are made
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Word Origin

C19: from Spanish
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Word Origin and History for adobe

n.

1739, American English, from Spanish adobe, from oral form of Arabic al-tob "the brick," from Coptic tube "brick," a word found in hieroglyphics.

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