igloo


igloo

noun, plural ig·loos.

  1. an Eskimo house, being a dome-shaped hut usually built of blocks of hard snow.
  2. Informal. any dome-shaped construction thought to resemble an igloo: immense silos topped with steel igloos.
  3. Military. a dome-shaped building for the storage of rockets or other munitions.
  4. an excavation made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice.

noun plural -loos or -lus

  1. a dome-shaped Inuit house, usually built of blocks of solid snow
  2. a hollow made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice
n.

1824, Canadian English, from an Eskimo word for “house, dwelling” (cf. Greenlandic igdlo “house”).

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