kabas

Kaʿba

[kah-buh, kah-uh-buh]
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; < Arabic kaʿbah

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