mihrab

[meer-uhb]
noun
(in a mosque) a niche or decorative panel designating the kiblah.

Origin:
1810–20; < Arabic miḥrāb

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mihrab (ˈmiːræb, -rəb)
 
n
Islam the niche in a mosque showing the direction of Mecca
 
[from Arabic]

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The prize of the collection is a large, exquisitely crafted mihrab, or prayer niche.
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