casabas

casaba

[kuh-sah-buh]
noun
a variety of the winter melon, Cucumis melo inodorus, having a wrinkled, yellow rind and sweet, juicy, greenish flesh.
Also, cassaba.
Also called casaba melon.


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

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casaba or cassaba (kəˈsɑːbə)
 
n
a kind of winter muskmelon having a yellow rind and sweet juicy flesh
 
[from Kassaba, former name of Turgutlu, Turkey]
 
cassaba or cassaba
 
n
 
[from Kassaba, former name of Turgutlu, Turkey]

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casaba
late 19c., from Kasaba, old name of Turgutlu, in Aegean Turkey, whence the melons were imported to U.S. The old name is lit. "the town."
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