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or Kaʿbah, Kaʿabah

[kah-buh, kah-uh-buh] /ˈkɑ bə, ˈkɑ ə bə/
a small, cubical building in the courtyard of the Great Mosque at Mecca containing a sacred black stone: regarded by Muslims as the House of God and the objective of their pilgrimages.
one of several replicas of this building, sacred to pre-Islamic Arabs.
Origin of Kaʿba
First recorded in 1895-1900, Kaʿba is from the Arabic word kaʿbah Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Cook affirms that these islanders, like the Tahitans, were acquainted with "kaba."

  • Simeon went on his way, and towards evening reached the oasis of kaba.


    Peter Rosegger
  • This quatrain recalls one by the Mull.991 Kchk Mrz made the circuit of the kaba towards the end of his life.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • He went to Her on his way from Samarkand to make the circuit of the kaba, was there stopped, and made to remain by Sl.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • The plan was a good one, but kaba Rega, by having recourse to his old Fabian tactics, again baffled it.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I

    Demetrius Charles Boulger
  • Having thus raised them to a pitch of the wildest excitement, he advanced from kaba.

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