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Castile

[ka-steel]
noun
1.
Spanish Cas·ti·lla, [kahs-tee-lyah, -yah] a former kingdom comprising most of Spain.
2.
Also called Castile soap. a variety of mild soap, made from olive oil and sodium hydroxide.
3.
any hard soap made from fats and oils, often partly from olive oil.
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Castile or Spanish Castilla (kæˈstiːl, kasˈtiʎa)
 
n
a former kingdom comprising most of modern Spain: originally part of León, it became an independent kingdom in the 10th century and united with Aragon (1469), the first step in the formation of the Spanish state
 
Castilla or Spanish Castilla
 
n

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Castile
medieval Sp. kingdom, from V.L. castilla, from L. castella, pl. of castellum (see castle); so called in ref. to the many forts there during the Moorish wars.
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