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Catawba

[kuh-taw-buh] /kəˈtɔ bə/
noun
1.
a Siouan language of North and South Carolina.
2.
a river flowing from W North Carolina into South Carolina, where it becomes the Wateree River.
Compare Wateree.
3.
Horticulture.
  1. a reddish variety of grape.
  2. the vine bearing this fruit, grown in the eastern U.S.
4.
a light, dry, white wine made from this grape.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20, Americanism; apparently ultimately < Catawba (yį́) kátapu a village name, literally, (people of) the fork; perhaps via Shawnee kata·pa
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Catawba

/kəˈtɔːbə/
noun
1.
(pl) -ba, -bas. a member of a North American Indian people, formerly of South Carolina, now almost extinct
2.
their language, belonging to the Siouan family
3.
a cultivated variety of red North American grape, widely grown in the eastern US
4.
the wine made from these grapes
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n.

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.

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