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or cassaba

[kuh-sah-buh] /kəˈsɑ bə/
a variety of the winter melon, Cucumis melo inodorus, having a wrinkled, yellow rind and sweet, juicy, greenish flesh.
Also called casaba melon.
Origin of casaba
1885-90, Americanism; named after Kassaba (now Turgutlu), town near Izmir, Turkey, which exported it Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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


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
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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
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Slang definitions & phrases for casabas



A woman's breasts

[1970s+; fr casaba,a kind of melon, fr Kassaba, a Turkish town that exported them]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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