- 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
1750–60; Americanism; < Spanish < Arabic al-ṭub the brick < Coptic to:o:be brick < Egyptian Demotic tb < Egyptian Hieroglyphic ḏbt
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Examples from the Web for adobe
Bin Laden stood in an adobe walled bedroom, his back to the door.I Shot Bin Laden
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Every day Schiefflin set forth on his mule from the adobe house.
There were several men lounging about the adobe when he reached it.
The adobe flashed out from the shadow and Roger slid down into the well.
Dick suggested we save lumber by making the engine house of adobe.
"If the adobe won't take too long, I like the idea," said Roger.
- a sun-dried brick used for building
- (as modifier)an adobe house
- a building constructed of such bricks
- the clayey material from which such bricks are made
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.
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