Casbah in Morocco.
casbah definition by Webster's New World
- in N Africa, a fortress
- the old, crowded quarter of a N African city
Origin: French ; from Arabic dialect, dialectal qaṣba, for qaṣaba, fortress
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the crowded quarter of Algiers, Algeria
casbah definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A castle or palace in northern Africa.
- often casbah The older section of a city in northern Africa or the Middle East.
Origin: French, from Arabic dialectal qaṣba, from Arabic qaṣaba, to cut up; see qṣb in Semitic roots.