E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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 ADAMS PEAK.)