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Kaʿba

[kah-buh, kah-uh-buh] /ˈkɑ bə, ˈkɑ ə bə/
noun
1.
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.
2.
one of several replicas of this building, sacred to pre-Islamic Arabs.
Also, Kaʿbah, Kaʿabah.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Arabic kaʿbah
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