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[uh-doh-bee] /əˈdoʊ bi/
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
Egyptian Demotic
1750-60; Americanism; < Spanish < Arabic al-ṭub the brick < Coptic to:o:be brick < Egyptian Demotic tb < Egyptian Hieroglyphic ḏbt Unabridged
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  • The previous inhabitants of the three decrepit one-story adobe buildings on her dusty lot were a family of bats.
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  • Make your own backyard adobe oven with our step-by-step pictures and directions.
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  • The room widens almost imperceptibly, then narrows again as the adobe walls converge on either side of the altar.
  • Flat roofs are common on adobe houses and those with a modern architectural style.
  • They were built of adobe, making them picturesque but deadly.
British Dictionary definitions for adobe


  1. a sun-dried brick used for building
  2. (as modifier): an adobe house
a building constructed of such bricks
the clayey material from which such bricks are made
Word Origin
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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