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ig·loo

 (ĭg′lo͞o)
n. pl. ig·loos
1. A house made of blocks of snow, such as those built by the Inuit.
2. A dome-shaped structure or building.

[Inuit iglu, house, igloo.]

igloo

(ˈɪɡluː) or

iglu

n, pl -loos or -lus
1. (Building) a dome-shaped Inuit house, usually built of blocks of solid snow
2. (Zoology) a hollow made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice
[C19: from Inuktitut igdlu house]

ig•loo

(ˈɪg lu)

n., pl. -loos.
an Eskimo dwelling usu. built of blocks of hard snow and shaped like a dome.
[1855–60; < Inuit iglu house]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.igloo - an Eskimo hutigloo - an Eskimo hut; usually built of blocks (of sod or snow) in the shape of a dome
hovel, shack, shanty, hut, hutch - small crude shelter used as a dwelling
Translations
كوخ أسكيمو
iglú
iglo
iglu
jégkunyhó
snjóhús
iglus
iglu, eskimosu ledus būda
iglu
iglu
Eskimo kulübesiigloo

igloo

[ˈɪgluː] Niglú m

igloo

[ˈɪgluː] nigloo m

igloo

nIglu m or nt

igloo

[ˈɪgluː] nigloo m inv

igloo

(ˈigluː) plural ˈigloos noun
an Eskimo hut, usually built of blocks of snow.
References in classic literature ?
But the people are prone to forget, and they forgot the deed of his father; and he being but a boy, and his mother only a woman, they, too, were swiftly forgotten, and ere long came to live in the meanest of all the IGLOOS.
And the winter darkness, when the north gales make their long sweep across the ice-pack, and the air is filled with flying white, and no man may venture forth, is the chosen time for the telling of how Keesh, from the poorest IGLOO in the village, rose to power and place over them all.
It was at a council, one night, in the big IGLOO of Klosh-Kwan, the chief, that Keesh showed the blood that ran in his veins and the manhood that stiffened his back.
Jeers and scornful laughter followed him out of the IGLOO, but his jaw was set and he went his way, looking neither to right nor left.
And he passed into their IGLOO and ate profoundly, and after that slept for twenty running hours.
I am minded to build me an IGLOO," he said one day to Klosh-Kwan and a number of the hunters.
So it is but just that the men and women of the village who eat my meat should build me my IGLOO.
And the IGLOO was built accordingly, on a generous scale which exceeded even the dwelling of Klosh-Kwan.
But he sent reply, saying that he was hungry and tired; also that his IGLOO was large and comfortable and could hold many men.
And curiosity was so strong on the men that the whole council, Klosh-Kwan to the fore, rose up and went to the IGLOO of Keesh.
Because he exercised headcraft and not witchcraft, he rose from the meanest IGLOO to be head man of his village, and through all the years that he lived, it is related, his tribe was prosperous, and neither widow nor weak one cried aloud in the night because there was no meat.
Merz continually availed himself of these and of her works themselves, to give energy and sweetness to his igloos and tables, which, thanks to Marisa's contributions, were covered in fabric rolls, delicate clay, soft Arab bread, piles of fruit and vegetables, yellow wax violins, and heaps of straw.