ca·​tal·​pa | \ kə-ˈtal-pə How to pronounce catalpa (audio) , -ˈtȯl- How to pronounce catalpa (audio) \

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Nakamura’s paintings form wreaths of the flora and fauna Nezhukumatathil celebrates in these brief, gemlike essays — catalpa trees. Pamela Miller, Star Tribune, "Review: 'World of Wonders' by Aimee Nezhukumatathil," 27 Nov. 2020 Western Springs had a firm do an inventory of all the trees in the village and learned in May the tree, a Northern catalpa, was rated a 5 on a scale of 1 to 6, where 6 is a dead tree. Kimberly Fornek,, "No elves seen as Keebler tree is removed from Western Springs corner," 27 Aug. 2020 The firm rated the catalpa tree, estimated to be between 80 and 100 years old, on the corner of Prospect and Reid Street as a 5 on a scale of 1 to 6, where 6 is a dead tree. Kimberly Fornek,, "Beloved “Keebler” tree to come down in Western Springs," 6 Aug. 2020 The village continues to plant catalpa trees elsewhere. Kimberly Fornek,, "Beloved “Keebler” tree to come down in Western Springs," 6 Aug. 2020 The one catalpa tree is either blighted or a late bloomer. Lee Durkee, Harper's Magazine, "Ride or Die," 30 Mar. 2020 Furniture used for staging at the Homearama house can be found at, where pieces are categorized by room. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Airiness in craftsman-style home creates inviting, family-centered space," 5 July 2018 Snapshot: Imagine a weeping willow with giant catalpa-like flowers. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Want more hummingbirds? Plant this tree," 22 Dec. 2017 Tree species affected by the 2015 proposal include elms, sycamores, maples, box elders, catalpa and mulberries, among others. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Can they do that? Billboard company wants to cut down hundreds of trees on public land in Louisville," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of catalpa

circa 1730, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catalpa

Creek katáłpa, from iká head + táłpa wing

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“Catalpa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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ca·​tal·​pa | \ kə-ˈtal-pə How to pronounce catalpa (audio) \

Kids Definition of catalpa

: a tree of North America and Asia with broad leaves, showy flowers, and long pods

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