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Quran Dictionary - ك ع ب


The triliteral root kāf ʿayn bā (ك ع ب) occurs four times in the Quran, in three derived forms:

  • once as the noun kaʿbayn (كَعْبَيْن)
  • twice as the proper noun kaʿbat (كَعْبَة)
  • once as the noun kawāʿib (كَوَاعِب)

The translations below are brief glosses intended as a guide to meaning. An Arabic word may have a range of meanings depending on context. Click on a word for more linguistic information, or to suggestion a correction.


(5:6:17) l-kaʿbaynithe ankles وَامْسَحُوا بِرُءُوسِكُمْ وَأَرْجُلَكُمْ إِلَى الْكَعْبَيْنِ

Proper noun

(5:95:26) l-kaʿbatithe Kabah يَحْكُمُ بِهِ ذَوَا عَدْلٍ مِنْكُمْ هَدْيًا بَالِغَ الْكَعْبَةِ
(5:97:3) l-kaʿbatathe Kabah جَعَلَ اللَّهُ الْكَعْبَةَ الْبَيْتَ الْحَرَامَ قِيَامًا لِلنَّاسِ


(78:33:1) wakawāʿibaAnd splendid companions وَكَوَاعِبَ أَتْرَابًا

See Also

Language Research Group
University of Leeds