(2 syl.). Edobe cottages are those made of sun-dried bricks, like the buildings of ancient Egypt. (W. Hepworth Dixon: New America, i. 16.) The present and proper form of this word is Adobe (Spanish, adobar, plaster).
“They make adobes, or sun-dried bricks, by mixing ashes and earth with water, which is then moulded into large blocks and dried in the sun.” —Bancroft: Native Races, vol. i. p. 535.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894