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a·do·be

 (ə-dō′bē)
n.
1.
a. A building material consisting of clay mixed with straw or dung, fashioned into sun-dried bricks or used as mortar or plaster.
b. A brick of this material.
c. The clay or soil used in making this material.
2. A structure built with adobe bricks.

[Spanish, from Arabic aṭ-ṭūba, the brick : al-, the + ṭūba, a brick, singulative of ṭūb, bricks (from Coptic tōbe, tōōbe, from Egyptian ḏbt, brick).]
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adobe

(əˈdəʊbɪ)
n
1. (Building)
a. a sun-dried brick used for building
b. (as modifier): an adobe house.
2. (Building) a building constructed of such bricks
3. (Building) the clayey material from which such bricks are made
[C19: from Spanish]
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a•do•be

(əˈdoʊ bi)

n., pl. -bes for 3.
1. sun-dried brick made of clay and straw.
2. a yellow silt or clay, deposited by rivers, used to make bricks.
3. a building constructed of adobe bricks.
4. a dark, heavy soil, containing clay.
[1750–60; Amer.; < Sp < Arabic al-ṭub the brick < Coptic to:o:be brick, ultimately < Egyptian ḏbt]
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A Spanish word for a sun-dried brick, common in ancient cultures and especially in arid lands. Particularly associated with the house building of the Pueblo Indians in the southwest USA and Mexico.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.adobe - the clay from which adobe bricks are madeadobe - the clay from which adobe bricks are made
adobe brick, adobe - sun-dried brick; used in hot dry climates
clay - a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired
2.adobe - sun-dried brickadobe - sun-dried brick; used in hot dry climates
brick - rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material
adobe - the clay from which adobe bricks are made
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adobe

[əˈdəʊbɪ] Nadobe m
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adobe

[əˈdəʊbi]
npisé m
modif [house, wall] → de pisé
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adobe

n (= brick)(ungebrannter) Lehmziegel, Adobe m; (= house) Haus aus Adobeziegeln adobe wall Mauer aus Adobeziegeln
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"Just the same, it's wonderful," Saxon mused, gazing at the big, half-ruined adobe structure.
Hidden from the sea by low hillocks, forsaken by human being and human habitation, the church of sun-baked clay and straw and chalk-rock stood hushed and breathless in the midst of the adobe ruins which once had housed its worshiping thousands.
Too many of the comrades were in civil an military prisons scattered over the United States, and others of them, in irons, were even then being taken across the border to be lined up against adobe walls and shot.
Nobody was at home, but Daylight dismounted and ranged the vegetable garden, eating strawberries and green peas, inspecting the old adobe barn and the rusty plough and harrow, and rolling and smoking cigarettes while he watched the antics of several broods of young chickens and the mother hens.
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