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Meaning & History
From Arabic مكة (Makka) which is from بكة (bakka), an ancient name for the region. The name is of uncertain origin and meaning; it may be from Arabic بكى (baka) meaning "to cry, to mourn" or Ge'ez ምኵራብ (məkʷrab) meaning "temple, sanctuary". This is the name of a city in Saudi Arabia, considered a holy site because Muhammad had his first revelation of the Qur'an there. It is also the destination of the hajj pilgrimage for Muslims.