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

  • n. A sun-dried, unburned brick of clay and straw.
  • n. The clay or soil from which this brick is made.
  • n. A structure built with this type of brick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unburnt brick dried in the sun.
  • n. A house made of adobe brick.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An unburnt brick dried in the sun; also used as an adjective, .
  • n. Earth from which unburnt bricks are made.
  • n. Alluvial and playa clays of desert and arid regions, differing from ordinary clays of humid regions in containing carbonates and other soluble minerals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Mexican-Spanish name of the sun-dried brick in common use in countries of small rainfall and of inferior civilization.
  • n. Clay or soil from which sun-dried bricks are made, or which is suitable for making them. In the quicksilver-mines of the Pacific coast, a brick made of the finer ores mixed with clay, for more convenient handling in the furnace.
  • Built or made of adobes or sundried bricks. Suitable for making sundried bricks: as, an adobe soil.

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

  • n. sun-dried brick; used in hot dry climates
  • n. the clay from which adobe bricks are made


Spanish, from Arabic aṭ-ṭūba, the brick : al-, the + ṭūba, a brick, singulative of ṭūb, bricks (from Coptic tōbe, tōōbe, from Egyptian ḏbt, brick).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish adobe, from Arabic الطوب (aṭ-ṭūb), from Coptic (Sahidic) ⲧⲱⲃⲉ (tōbe, "brick"), from Egyptian (Wiktionary)



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