or Ka·ʿbah, Kaʿa·bah

[ 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
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