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.
- Also called Indian bean.
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How to use catalpa in a sentence
The leaves of a catalpa, across the roadway, hung motionless.Stories in Light and Shadow | Bret Harte
Looking out, she saw to her surprise that Julia was sitting on the terrace under the crooked catalpa-tree.
On the crooked limb of the catalpa-tree they rigged up a splendid swing, and Jerry stayed to luncheon.
The yard was shaded by stately locusts and elms, and a catalpa tree in season rained its pink and white blossoms upon the grass.Sixes and Sevens | O. Henry
The servant was spreading a Navajo blanket on the ground, under the catalpa-tree.
British Dictionary definitions for catalpa
any bignoniaceous tree of the genus Catalpa of North America and Asia, having large leaves, bell-shaped whitish flowers, and long slender pods
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