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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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an older or native quarter of many cities in northern Africa; the quarter in which the citadel is located

Etymologies

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)

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