from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A castle or palace in northern Africa.
- n. The older section of a city in northern Africa or the Middle East.
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- n. an older or native quarter of many cities in northern Africa; the quarter in which the citadel is located
French, from Arabic dialectal qaṣba, from Arabic qaṣaba, to cut up; see qṣb in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)