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kiswah

[ kis-wah ]
/ ˈkɪs wɑ /
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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 Quran.
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Origin of kiswah

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Arabic kiswat (al-Kaʿbah) literally, “pall (of the Cube)”
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How to use kiswah in a sentence

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

    The Days of Mohammed|Anna May Wilson
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