Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Inuit or Eskimo dwelling, especially a dome-shaped winter dwelling built of blocks of packed snow.
  • n. A dome-shaped structure or building.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dome-shaped Inuit shelter, constructed of blocks cut from snow.
  • n. A cavity, or excavation, made in the snow by a seal, over its breathing hole in the sea ice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An Eskimo snow house.
  • n. A cavity, or excavation, made in the snow by a seal, over its breathing hole in the ice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among the Eskimos, a dome-shaped hut, usually built of shaped blocks of hard snow, with a window made of a slab of ice.
  • n. Hence — The excavation which a seal makes in the snow over its breathing-hole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an Eskimo hut; usually built of blocks (of sod or snow) in the shape of a dome

Etymologies

Inuit iglu, house.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Inuktitut iglu (ᐃᒡᓗ). (Wiktionary)

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  • What you use to repair a broken ig.

    February 25, 2009

  • Its Inuktitut meaning is "dwelling" in general, not specifically a snowhouse, although that is its meaning in English.

    December 23, 2008