[ ig-loo ]
/ ˈɪg lu /
noun, plural ig·loos.
an Eskimo house, being a dome-shaped hut usually built of blocks of hard snow.
Informal. any dome-shaped construction thought to resemble an igloo: immense silos topped with steel igloos.
Military. a dome-shaped building for the storage of rockets or other munitions.
an excavation made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice.
Words nearby igloo
Origin of igloo
First recorded in 1855–60, igloo is from the Inuit word iglu house
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British Dictionary definitions for iglu
/ (ˈɪɡluː) /
noun plural -loos or -lus
a dome-shaped Inuit house, usually built of blocks of solid snow
a hollow made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice
Word Origin for igloo
C19: from Inuktitut igdlu house
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