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or iglu

[ig-loo] /ˈɪg lu/
noun, plural igloos.
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.
Origin of igloo
1855-60; < Inuit iglu house Unabridged
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  • Don't you remember about that Eskimo igloo that they had built of ice in the middle of the skating pond?

  • Johnny left the igloo with a worried expression on his face.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • He was under the fur coat of the Eskimo boy, being carried across the snow to the ice hut, or igloo.

    The Story of a Plush Bear Laura Lee Hope
  • Previous snows had found no lodgment into banks, and an igloo could not be built.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • He was up in the Lake Hazen region with his Eskimos, and he had left them at the igloo while he looked around for game.

    The North Pole Robert E. Peary
  • About two miles from Good Point, we passed the Doctor's igloo.

  • Even with the thermometer at forty below, and the wind howling about the igloo, this room was warm as toast.

    The Purple Flame Roy J. Snell
  • I helped Mr. Borup build his igloo, for which he was grateful.

  • When he emerged again from the igloo the last breath of the storm had ceased to blow and a dead calm prevailed.

    Bobby of the Labrador Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for igloo


noun (pl) -loos, -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
C19: from Inuktitut igdlu house
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for igloo

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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