noun \kə-ˈtal-pə, -ˈtl-\

Definition of CATALPA

:  any of a genus (Catalpa) of North American and Asian trees of the bignonia family with pale showy flowers in terminal clusters

Origin of CATALPA

Creek katáłpa, from iká head + táłpa wing
First Known Use: circa 1730


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of 11 species of trees in the genus Catalpa (family Bignoniaceae), native to eastern Asia, eastern North America, and the West Indies. Catalpas have large, attractive leaves and showy white, yellowish, or purplish flowers. The catalpa fruit is a long cylindrical pod bearing numerous seeds with white tufts of hair at each end. The common catalpa, C. bignonioides, yields a durable timber and is one of the most widely planted ornamental species.


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