kiswah

[ kis-wah ]
/ ˈkɪs wɑ /

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.

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