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casaba

or cas·sa·ba

[kuh-sah-buh]
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noun
  1. a variety of the winter melon, Cucumis melo inodorus, having a wrinkled, yellow rind and sweet, juicy, greenish flesh.

Origin of casaba

1885–90, Americanism; named after Kassaba (now Turgutlu), town near Izmir, Turkey, which exported it
Also called casaba melon.
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Examples from the Web for casaba

Historical Examples

  • Casaba melons may be served in the same ways as cantaloupes.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences


British Dictionary definitions for casaba

casaba

cassaba

noun
  1. a kind of winter muskmelon having a yellow rind and sweet juicy flesh

Word Origin

from Kassaba, former name of Turgutlu, Turkey
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for casaba

n.

1889, from Kasaba, old name of Turgutlu, in Aegean Turkey, whence the melons were imported to U.S. The old name is literally "the town."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper