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/ əˈdoʊ boʊ /
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noun, plural a·do·bos.
a Filipino dish of pork or chicken stewed in a marinade of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, herbs, and spices; the national dish of the Philippines: The pork adobo we had in Manila may be the best meal I’ve ever had.
a Latin American dish of meat or fish prepared in a pastelike marinade of chiles, cinnamon and other spices, garlic, herbs, and vinegar: My Mexican brother-in-law makes an awesome adobo with fresh-caught trout.
the concoction of flavorful ingredients in which the meat or fish of adobo is cooked: The adobo for tonight’s chicken features Saigon cinnamon and a homemade cider vinegar.
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Origin of adobo

First recorded in 1935–40; from Spanish, literally “marinade, marinated meat, pickle,” from adobar “to marinate, pickle,” probably from Old French adober “to prepare, equip (a knight)”; see daube, dub1
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British Dictionary definitions for adobo

/ (əˈdəʊbəʊ) /

noun plural -bos
the national dish of the Philippines, which consists of chunks of meat, fish, or vegetables, marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and spices and then stewed in the marinade

Word Origin for adobo

C20: from Spanish
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