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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 ?
Kadlu's eye rolled round the skin-lined snow-house till it fell on fourteen-year-old Kotuko sitting on the sleeping-bench, making a button out of walrus ivory.
Kotuko laid up a snow-house large enough to take in the hand-sleigh (never be separated from your meat), and while he was shaping the last irregular block of ice that makes the key-stone of the roof, he saw a Thing looking at him from a little cliff of ice half a mile away.
As soon as they had greeted Kotuko, these two, who had been forced to sleep and eat and hunt together for the past few weeks, flew at each other's throat, and there was a beautiful battle in the snow-house.