casaba

or cas·sa·ba

[kuh-sah-buh]

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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Related Words for casabas

cantaloupe, gourd, papaya, watermelon, musk, casaba, honeydew, nutmeg, pepo

Examples from the Web for casabas

Historical Examples of casabas

  • 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

casaba

cassaba

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

Word Origin for casaba

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

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