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They were the messengers and the troops of the Emir of Mecca.

In Hori I encountered a caravan of pilgrims returning from Mecca.

He was tired of men's ingratitude—he had no heirs—he wanted to go to Mecca and die there.

It is good for us to come to this Mecca, the heart of our nation.

The "Caaba" is originally a black stone which is kissed or rubbed at Mecca.

For Dawson was at this time the Mecca of the gambler and the courtesan.

The long expected had happened, and we had made pilgrimage to our Mecca.

At Mecca there was no action, and it surrendered by a compromise.

But there were many new converts at Mecca since the expulsion of the Moslems.

Some of these branches were with Mohammad at the expeditions to Mecca and Honain.

WORD ORIGIN

Arabic Makkah, sacred city of Islam, birthplace of Muhammad, which every Muslim must visit at least once. Origins have been proposed in Phoenician maqaq "ruined" or Arabic mahrab "sanctuary." Figurative sense of "any place one holds supremely sacred" (usually with lower-case m-) is in English from 1850. Related: Meccan.

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