ca·​tal·​pa | \kə-ˈtal-pə, -ˈtȯl- \

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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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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ca·​tal·​pa | \kə-ˈtal-pə \

Kids Definition of catalpa

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

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