catalpa

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noun ca·tal·pa \kə-ˈtal-pə, -ˈtȯl-\

Definition of catalpa

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

Origin and Etymology of catalpa

Creek katáłpa, from iká head + táłpa wing


First Known Use: circa 1730


CATALPA Defined for Kids

catalpa

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noun ca·tal·pa \kə-ˈtal-pə\

Definition of catalpa for Students

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


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