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[ig-loo] /ˈɪg lu/

noun, plural igloos.
an Eskimo house, being a dome-shaped hut usually built of blocks of hard snow.
Informal. any dome-shaped construction thought to resemble an igloo:
immense silos topped with steel igloos.
Military. a dome-shaped building for the storage of rockets or other munitions.
an excavation made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice.
noun (pl) -loos, -lus
a dome-shaped Inuit house, usually built of blocks of solid snow
a hollow made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice

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


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