catalpa

Definitions

  • Hardy Catalpa
    Hardy Catalpa
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n catalpa tree of the genus Catalpa with large leaves and white flowers followed by long slender pods
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Catalpa Catalpa

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Catalpa (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 Indian bean.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n catalpa A tree of the genus Catalpa.
    • n catalpa [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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Catalpa kat-al′pa a genus of hardy trees native to the United States and Japan, marked by a low habit, profuse blossoms, and long cigar-like pendent pods
    • Catalpa The common Catalpa, known also as the Bean-tree, Catawba, Indian bean, and Cigar-tree, yields a durable wood; as also the western Catalpa or Shawnee wood
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the language of the Indians of Carolina, where Catesby discovered this tree in the year 1726

Usage

In literature:

I sat in our catalpa and watched the Gypsies drive past every summer.
"Laddie" by Gene Stratton Porter
The leaves of a catalpa, across the roadway, hung motionless.
"Stories in Light and Shadow" by Bret Harte
I am greatly obliged to you about the Opuntia, and shall be glad if you can remember Catalpa.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
A lovely strip of land lay before us, bounded at the further end by a forest of evergreen oaks, honey locusts, and catalpas.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
They like white and yellow jessamine, too, and catalpa flowers and lilies and acacia blossoms.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
The catalpa is a tree which was planted about 25 years ago as a commercial speculation in Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
Will the hardy catalpa do, if so what distance apart?
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
A swirl of dust laden with the scent of the catalpa blew up from the street.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
In the secluded Middle Temple Garden is an old catalpa tree, supposed to have been planted by that grave and just judge, Sir Matthew Hale.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Windbreaks are essential, and I would make them of cottonwood, box-elder or catalpa planted in rows on the north side.
"The Apple" by Various
Catalpa bignonioides aurea, wholly golden, and most effective in summer and autumn.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
The general tenor of the instructions was to nickel-plate everything, from the catalpas to the target rods.
"Held for Orders" by Frank H. Spearman
He thought, vaguely, that it must be the heat and the scent of the catalpa flowers which weighed so heavily upon him.
"Oldfield" by Nancy Huston Banks
Miss Catalpa's on de front po'ch.
"Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie" by Alice B. Emerson
I alighted finally upon a catalpa-tree, whose branches were covered with splendid blossoms.
"The Cricket's Friends" by Virginia W. Johnson
The Catalpa in June or July is covered with white blossoms mottled with yellow and purple.
"Woodcraft" by Alan Douglas
And there's a beautiful old crooked catalpa on the terrace you can make a house in.
"The Open Question" by Elizabeth Robins
He's been a bad boy again, and it wasn't catalpa cigars this time either.
"Emmy Lou's Road to Grace" by George Madden Martin
I am glad our stately native trees, Tupelo, Hickory, Catalpa, bear Indian names.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
The usual bait is the black cricket, or the catalpa worm or caterpillar.
"Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others" by James Alexander Henshall
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In poetry:

Example, the catalpa in the book
Sprays out its leaves in whorls of three
Around the stem; the one in front of you
But rarely does, or somewhat, or almost;
"Learning the Trees" by Howard Nemerov
Maybe it's not catalpa? Dreadful doubt.
It may be weeks before you see an elm
Fanlike in form, a spruce that pyramids,
A sweetgum spiring up in steeple shape.
"Learning the Trees" by Howard Nemerov

In news:

Umphrey's McGee Hit New York for Catalpa Festival.
Umphrey's McGee performs at the Catalpa Festival on Randall's Island, New York.
Snoop Dogg, Girl Talk, TV On The Radio @ Catalpa Festival.
The inaugural weekend of the Catalpa Festival on New York City's Randall's Island seemed to have the odds stacked against it.
Billed as "New York City's Music Festival," this past weekend's inaugural Catalpa Festival reflected the Big Apple's diversity.
Snoop Dogg talks Catalpa , the 20th anniversary of 'Doggystyle.
Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'.
NYC's Catalpa Festival brings the heat.
The Afterburner will make its North American debut at the Catalpa Festival in NYC.
Fast-growing catalpa, or Cigar Trees, attract a caterpillar that’s good for fishing.
112 Catalpa Dr, Royal Oak.
Black Keys, Snoop Dogg Rule New York's Catalpa Festival.
Matisyahu relaxes on his tour bus at the Catalpa Music Festival in New York.
In an unusual twist of nature downtown, a mountain ash with red berries is growing from the center of a mature catalpa tree at the corner of West 11th and Esther streets.
DAWSON — American agriculture took a positive turn in August 1921, when Lt John A Macready sailed over an Ohio catalpa grove to dump a load of powdered lead arsenate on invading Catalpa Sphinx Moths.
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