American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various, usually deciduous trees of the genus Catalpa, especially C. bignonioides or C. speciosa, native to the United States and having whorled, heart-shaped leaves, showy clusters of white flowers, and long, slender, cylindrical pods. Also called Indian bean.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tree of the genus Catalpa.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A small genus of bignoniaceous trees, with large simple leaves, terminal panicles of showy flowers, and long linear pods with winged seeds. C. bignonioides and C. speciosa are natives of the United States, and are common in cultivation as ornamental trees. The wood is light and soft, but durable, and is much used for railroad-ties, fence-posts, etc. The bark is bitter, and has been employed as a vermifuge. Two similar species from China and Japan are occasionally cultivated. The other species are West Indian; one of these, C. longissima, is known as French oak, and its bark is rich in tannin.
- n. Any tree of the genus Catalpa, the family Bignoniaceae. The two North American species, the southern catalpa, Catalpa bignonioides, and the northern catalpa, Catalpa speciosa — along with the yellow catalpa, Catalpa ovata, from China — are often planted as ornamentals because of their showy flowers and decorative bean pods, though others regard the bean pods as a nuisance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of American and East Indian trees, of which the best known species are the Catalpa bignonioides, a large, ornamental North American tree, with spotted white flowers and long cylindrical pods, and the Catalpa speciosa, of the Mississipi valley; -- called also
- n. tree of the genus Catalpa with large leaves and white flowers followed by long slender pods
- A variant of catawba which originated when Scopoli, the describing botanist, incorrectly transcribed the name. (Wiktionary)
- Creek kataƚpa : ka-, head + taƚpa, wing (from the shape of its flowers). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The catalpa is a tree which was planted about 25 years ago as a commercial speculation in Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.”
“Among the former I behold the "catalpa," with its silvery bark and trumpet-shaped blossoms; the "Osage orange," with its dark shining leaves; and the red mulberry, with thick shady foliage, and long crimson calkin-like fruits.”
“I know that catalpa worms are dynamite on cats so if this is actually catalpa ground into paste it may be good.”
“I just bought a tube of catalpa worm paste for catfish bait.”
“I will bait with whole minnows, crawfish or catalpa worms ... oh ... those catalpa worms, um um um!”
“Boy catalpa worms are a prize here, if I can find the trees, not many around.”
“No, it wasn't that day, but it was in that season on a Sunday that he reappeared, and then every Sunday after that through the summer and into the fall, when school would resume and the green catalpa leaves fall like withered fans into the birdbaths, turning the water brown, the Palatski Man would come.”
“And it was late in October, and leaves wafted from the catalpa trees on their way to church on Sunday and fell like withered fans into the birdbaths, turning the water brown.”
“Across her backyard, over the catalpa tree, the moon hunglow in the cold sky.”
“He reappeared in spring, some Sunday morning, perhaps Easter, when the twigs of the catalpa trees budded and lawns smelled of mud and breaking seeds.”
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