alcazaba

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Andalusian Arabic القصبة (al-qaṣába(t)), from Arabic قصبة (qaṣaba(t)); cognate to casbah.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /al.ka.ˈθa.βa/, /al.ka.ˈsa.βa/

Noun[edit]

alcazaba f (plural alcazabas)

  1. a Moorish fortress within or beside a walled city
    • 2012, Isabel San Sebastián, , Un Reino lejano, Random House Mondadori, page 210:
      «no se transforma una alcazaba en castillo ni una mezquita en catedral para luego dejarla en manos del pueblo que crucificó a Cristo…»
      «one doesn’t turn a Moorish fortress into a castle nor a mosque into a cathedral before it is soon left in the hands of the people that crucified Christ…»