- 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 cassaba
Alligator pears, cassaba melon or other fruit may be substituted for above.New Royal Cook Book
Many rugs are sold under the name of Cassaba, which are really woven at Sparta.Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern
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- a variant spelling of casaba
- 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 cassaba
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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