kiswah

[kis-wah]
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noun Islam.

a decorative veil draped over the walls of the Kaʿba, now made of black brocade embroidered in gold with inscriptions from the Koran.

Nearby words

  1. kissy-face,
  2. kist,
  3. kistna,
  4. kistvaen,
  5. kisumu,
  6. kiswahili,
  7. kit,
  8. kit and caboodle,
  9. kit bag,
  10. kit carson mountain

Origin of kiswah

Borrowed into English from Arabic around 1590–1600

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Examples from the Web for kiswah

  • Kusay's house was burnt, its cloth covering (or kiswah) catching fire from a torch.

    The Days of Mohammed|Anna May Wilson