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Kaaba

(Arabic, kabah, a square house). A shrine of Mecca, said to have been built by Abraham on the spot where Adam first worshipped after his expulsion from Paradise. In the north-east corner is a stone seven inches long, said to be a ruby sent down from heaven. It is now black, from being kissed so often by sinful man. (See Adam's Peak.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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