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


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


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…»