Cas·bah also Kas·bah (kăzbä′, käz-)
1. A castle or palace in northern Africa.
2. often casbah The older section of a city in northern Africa or the Middle East.
[French, from Arabic dialectal qaṣba, from Arabic qaṣaba, to cut up; see qṣb in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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