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adobe(ədō`bē): see rammed earthrammed earth,
material consisting chiefly of soil of sufficiently stiff consistency that has been placed in forms and pounded down. It has been used for buildings and walls since ancient times and was employed in some of the most ancient fortifications in the Middle East.
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an unfired brick made of clay mixed with cut straw or other fibrous materials, such as tow or chaff. One of the most ancient building materials, adobe was widely used in unforested areas; for example, it was used in building the dwellings of Merimde-Benisalame in the Nile Delta in the fifth and fourth millennia B.C. and the defensive wall of Troy II on the coast of Asia Minor in the middle of the third millennium B.C. Adobe is currently used primarily in Asian countries in the construction of low structures.
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