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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]

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