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  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 casabas

Historical Examples

  • Pant had been down the river in a dory for bananas, cocoanuts and casabas.

    The Red Lure

    Roy J. Snell

  • The aged Carib woman was frying cakes made from casabas ground to powder and mixed with water.

    The Red Lure

    Roy J. Snell

British Dictionary definitions for casabas



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

Word Origin

from Kassaba, former name of Turgutlu, Turkey
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Word Origin and History for casabas



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