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[uh-doh-bee] /əˈdoʊ bi/
sun-dried brick made of clay and straw, in common use in countries having little rainfall.
a yellow silt or clay, deposited by rivers, used to make bricks.
a building constructed of adobe.
a dark, heavy soil, containing clay.
Origin of adobe
Egyptian Demotic
1750-60; Americanism; < Spanish < Arabic al-ṭub the brick < Coptic to:o:be brick < Egyptian Demotic tb < Egyptian Hieroglyphic ḏbt Unabridged
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  • There were several men lounging about the adobe when he reached it.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • Every day Schiefflin set forth on his mule from the adobe house.

    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


  1. a sun-dried brick used for building
  2. (as modifier): an adobe house
a building constructed of such bricks
the clayey material from which such bricks are made
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish
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Word Origin and History for adobe

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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