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catalpa Syllabification: ca·tal·pa
Pronunciation: /kəˈtalpə/

Definition of catalpa in English:


A tree with large heart-shaped leaves, clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers, and long, slender beanlike seedpods, native to North America and eastern Asia and cultivated as an ornamental.
  • Genus Catalpa, family Bignoniaceae: several species, including the southern (or common) catalpa (C. bignonioides)
Example sentences
  • In addition to those mentioned above, these include such well-known trees as quaking aspen, boxelder, northern catalpa, American holly, chestnut oak, and saguaro.
  • The signature plant in her garden is the golden catalpa tree, Catalpa bignonioides Aurea, whose nearly tropical nature seems to warm up Puget Sound by at least 20 degrees.
  • This is the northern catalpa, a native to the central Mississippi River Valley but found in 17 states across the U.S. and in southern Canada.


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