- 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
Pant had been down the river in a dory for bananas, cocoanuts and casabas.
The aged Carib woman was frying cakes made from casabas ground to powder and mixed with water.
- a kind of winter muskmelon having a yellow rind and sweet juicy flesh
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."
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