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Variant of casaba.
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(Plants) a variant spelling of casaba
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(kəˈsɑ bə)

n., pl. -bas.
a winter melon, Cucumis melo inodorus, having sweet, juicy, greenish flesh.
[1885–90; after Kassaba (now Turgutlu), town near Izmir, Turkey]
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