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ADOBE (pronounced a-db-be; also corru...

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 210 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ADOBE (pronounced a-db-be; also corrupted to dobie; from the Span. adobar, to plaster, traceable through Arabic to an Egyptian hieroglyph meaning " brick "), a Spanish-American word for the sun-dried clay used by the Indians for building in some of the south-western states of the American Union, this method having been imported in the 16th century by Spaniards from Mexico, Peru, &c. A distinction is made between the smaller " adobes," which are about the size of ordinary baked bricks, and the larger " adobines, " some of which are as much as from one to two yards long.
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