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igloo

[ig-loo] /ˈɪg lu/
noun, plural igloos.
1.
an Eskimo house, being a dome-shaped hut usually built of blocks of hard snow.
2.
Informal. any dome-shaped construction thought to resemble an igloo:
immense silos topped with steel igloos.
3.
Military. a dome-shaped building for the storage of rockets or other munitions.
4.
an excavation made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice.
Also, iglu.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < Inuit iglu house
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Examples from the web for igloo
  • It was enough to make it clear that this was no igloo.
  • They reused stone from the destroyed city to build the igloo-shaped pits.
  • He rescued himself by quickly digging an igloo and warming himself inside it with a candle.
  • Each single igloo was a perishable item, but represented a tradition that lived until recently.
  • She promised a walrus in every igloo and a whale tooth in every papoose.
  • However, the next time you are in an igloo, notice that it is blue inside.
British Dictionary definitions for igloo

igloo

/ˈɪɡluː/
noun (pl) -loos, -lus
1.
a dome-shaped Inuit house, usually built of blocks of solid snow
2.
a hollow made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice
Word Origin
C19: from Inuktitut igdlu house
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Word Origin and History for igloo
n.

1824, Canadian English, from an Eskimo word for "house, dwelling" (cf. Greenlandic igdlo "house").

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