[ kib-luh ]
/ ˈkɪb lə /
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Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Also keblah, kibla.
Origin of kiblah
First recorded in 1730–40, kiblah is from the Arabic word qiblah
Words nearby kiblah
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Example sentences from the Web for kiblah
Kiblah, kib′la, n. the point toward which Mohammedans turn in prayer.
The water vase within me, they say, is like a devout man standing towards the Kiblah of the Mihrab, ready to begin his prayers.An Architect's Note-book in Spain|Matthew Digby Wyatt
British Dictionary definitions for kiblah
/ (ˈkɪblɑː) /
Islam the direction of Mecca, to which Muslims turn in prayer, indicated in mosques by a niche (mihrab) in the wall
Word Origin for kiblah
C18: from Arabic qíblah that which is placed opposite; related to qabala to be opposite
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