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[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
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Examples from the web for casaba
  • Cantaloupe, along with casaba and honeydew, are commonly called muskmelons.
  • Drinking water and they're about to drink, casaba in the table water, so this is also hygienic.
British Dictionary definitions for casaba


a kind of winter muskmelon having a yellow rind and sweet juicy flesh
Word Origin
from Kassaba, former name of Turgutlu, Turkey
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Word Origin and History for casaba

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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