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catalpa

[kuh-tal-puh] /kəˈtæl pə/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30, Americanism; (< Neo-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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  • The air, misted with the memory of rain, smelled of catalpa and breeze.
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catalpa

/kəˈtælpə/
noun
1.
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
C18: New Latin, from Carolina Creek kutuhlpa, literally: winged head, referring to the appearance of the flowers
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Word Origin and History for catalpa
n.

c.1740, from an American Indian language of the Carolinas, perhaps Creek (Muskogean) /katalpa/, literally "head-wing."

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