or cas·sa·ba



a variety of the winter melon, Cucumis melo inodorus, having a wrinkled, yellow rind and sweet, juicy, greenish flesh.

Nearby words

  1. carías andino, tiburcio,
  2. carúpano,
  3. cas,
  4. casa,
  5. casa grande,
  6. casaba melon,
  7. casabianca,
  8. casablanca,
  9. casadesus,
  10. casadesus, robert

Origin of casaba

1885–90, Americanism; named after Kassaba (now Turgutlu), town near Izmir, Turkey, which exported it

Also called casaba melon. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for casabas

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

    The Red Lure|Roy J. Snell
  • Pant had been down the river in a dory for bananas, cocoanuts and casabas.

    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 for casaba

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