Caaba

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Caaba (Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine; believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham; Muslims turn in its direction when praying
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caaba kȧ*ā"bȧ The small and nearly cubical stone building, toward which all Mohammedans must pray.☞ The Caaba is situated in Mecca, a city of Arabia, and contains a famous black stone said to have been brought from heaven. Before the time of Mohammed, the Caaba was an idolatrous temple, but it has since been the chief sanctuary and object of pilgrimage of the Mohammedan world.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caaba kä′a-ba the Moslem Holy of Holies, a square building at Mecca, containing the famous Black Stone built into the south-east corner at a height convenient for being kissed.
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. ka'bah, lit., a square building, fr. ka'b, cube
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar.

Usage

In literature:

The Mussulmans, who, like you, profess to abhor Heathenism, kiss the stone of the Caaba: a Pagan practice.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
Mahommedans make the circuit of the Caaba in the same way.
"Folk Lore" by James Napier
Know you not that even they hold the Caaba in high reverence?
"The Days of Mohammed" by Anna May Wilson
Then shall the Caaba be the home and temple of one God only who brooks no rival on earth or in heaven.
"The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The "Caaba" is originally a black stone which is kissed or rubbed at Mecca.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Stone of the Caaba or chalice of the Sacrament?
"Euphorion" by Vernon Lee
In the world-famous city of Mecca, two men stood by the arch that leads to the immortal Caaba.
"The Lance of Kanana" by Harry W. French
***