nounEtymology: Spanish, from Arabic al-??b the brick, from Coptic t?be brick, from Egyptian dbtDate: 1748 1. a brick or building material of sun-dried earth and straw 2. a structure made of adobe bricks 3. a heavy clay used in making adobe bricks; broadly alluvial or playa clay in desert or arid regions • adobelikeadjective
Adobe A*do"be, n. 1. Earth from which unburnt bricks are made. [Western U. S.] 2. (Geol.) Alluvial and playa clays of desert and arid regions, differing from ordinary clays of humid regions in containing carbonates and other soluble minerals.