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catalpa

[ kuh-tal-puh ]
/ kəˈtæl pə /
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noun

any of several trees constituting the genus Catalpa, of the bignonia family, especially C. speciosa, of the central U.S., or C. bignonioides, of the southern U.S., having opposite, sometimes whorled leaves, clusters of white flowers, and long, beanlike seed pods.

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Also called Indian bean.

Origin of catalpa

1720–30, Americanism; (<New Latin ) <Creek katałpa, equivalent to ka-, combining form of iká head + tałpa wing (apparently so called from the shape of the flower)
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catalpa
/ (kəˈtælpə) /

noun

any bignoniaceous tree of the genus Catalpa of North America and Asia, having large leaves, bell-shaped whitish flowers, and long slender pods

Word Origin for catalpa

C18: New Latin, from Carolina Creek kutuhlpa, literally: winged head, referring to the appearance of the flowers
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