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casbah (n.)

the old city or citadel of a North African city, 1738, from French casbah, from North African Arabic dialect kasba "fortress."

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Definitions of casbah from WordNet

casbah (n.)
an older or native quarter of many cities in northern Africa; the quarter in which the citadel is located;
Synonyms: kasbah
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