adobe

[uh-doh-bee]
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.

Origin:
1750–60; Americanism; < Spanish < Arabic al-ṭub the brick < Coptic to:o:be brick < Egyptian Demotic tb < Egyptian Hieroglyphic ḏbt

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adobe (əˈdəʊbɪ)
 
n
1.  a.  a sun-dried brick used for building
 b.  (as modifier): an adobe house
2.  a building constructed of such bricks
3.  the clayey material from which such bricks are made
 
[C19: from Spanish]

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adobe
1739, Amer.Eng., from Sp. adobe, from oral form of Arabic al-tob "the brick," from Coptic tube "brick," a word found in hieroglyphics.
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