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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Kaaba \Ka*a"ba\ (k[.a]*[=a]"b[.a]), prop. n. [Ar. ka'bah, lit.,
     a square building, fr. ka'b cube.]
     The small and nearly cubical stone building, in the court of
     the Great Mosque at Mecca, toward which all Mohammedans must
     pray. It contains a sacred black stone, believed by
     Mohammedans to be one of the precious stones of paradise, and


     to have been brought to Abraham when he was contructing the
     Kaaba, by the Angel Gabriel. The Kaaba itself predates
     Mohammed, having been a pantheon which contained Arab idols,
     which were destroyed by Mohammed. [Written also {caaba},
     {kaabeh} and {kaabah}.]
     [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Caaba \Ca*a"ba\ (k[.a]*[=a]"b[.a]), n. [Ar. ka'bah, lit., a
     square building, fr. ka'b cube.]
     The small and nearly cubical stone building, toward which all
     Mohammedans must pray. [Written also {kaaba}.]
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: 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.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

  Kaaba
       n : (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 [syn: {Caaba}]

















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