- a Siouan language of North and South Carolina.
- a river flowing from W North Carolina into South Carolina, where it becomes the Wateree River.Compare Wateree.
- a reddish variety of grape.
- the vine bearing this fruit, grown in the eastern U.S.
- a light, dry, white wine made from this grape.
Origin of Catawba
Examples from the Web for catawba
The visionary behind it, Nicholas Longworth was convinced Catawba would become the greatest grape in America, possibly the world.America’s First Great Wine…Made in 1842
November 23, 2013
The flavor resembles that of Catawba but has less of the wild taste.
Its parents are said to be Catawba pollinated by a wild stivalis.
He burnt his superfluous baggage and crossed the Catawba river.The Political History of England - Vol. X.
The Catawba crossed, the next stream of importance was the Yadkin.Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)
Probably it was Uché on the south-west, and Catawba on the north.The Natural History of the Varieties of Man
Robert Gordon Latham
- plural -ba or -bas a member of a North American Indian people, formerly of South Carolina, now almost extinct
- their language, belonging to the Siouan family
- a cultivated variety of red North American grape, widely grown in the eastern US
- the wine made from these grapes
Word Origin and History for catawba
type of American grape, 1857, the name is that of a river in South Carolina, U.S., where the grape was found. The river is named for the Katahba Indian group and language (Siouan), from katapu "fork of a stream," itself a Muskogean loan-word.