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 (kăz′bä′, käz′-)
Variant of Casbah.


(ˈkæzbɑː) or


n (sometimes capital)
1. (Architecture) the citadel of any of various North African cities
2. the quarter in which a kasbah is located. Compare medina
[from Arabic qaṣba citadel]


or Cas•bah

(ˈkæz bɑ, ˈkɑz-)

the older, native Arab quarter of a North African city, esp. Algiers.
[< Arabic qaṣabah citadel]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kasbah - an older or native quarter of many cities in northern Africa; the quarter in which the citadel is located
quarter - a district of a city having some distinguishing character; "the Latin Quarter"


[ˈkæzbɑː] Ncasba(h) f


[ˈkæzbɑː] ncasba
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Ses innombrables [beaucoup moins que] Casbah [beaucoup plus grand que] casbahs en pise, des montagnes, des plaines arides, des vallees et oasis verdoyants, des palmeraies et des villages de terre rouge ou ocre font le charme de cette region et lui donnent son attrait touristique.