- 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.
Origin of catalpa
Examples from the Web for catalpa
Historical Examples of catalpa
Catalpa is a tree singularly free from destructive diseases.Seasoning of Wood
Joseph B. Wagner
The leaves of a catalpa, across the roadway, hung motionless.Stories in Light and Shadow
And, David, tea under the catalpa, as we always do on fine nights.Love Me Little, Love Me Long
I am not the man you knew—except in loving you I am not the man who sat with you beneath the catalpa.Lewis Rand
As she walked ankle-deep in the unclipped grass under the catalpa and elm-trees, she looked around with eager interest.Honey-Sweet
- 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
c.1740, from an American Indian language of the Carolinas, perhaps Creek (Muskogean) /katalpa/, literally "head-wing."