Ca*tal"pa (?), n. [From the language of the Indians of Carolina, where
Catesby discovered this tree in the year 1726.] 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 C. speciosa, of the
Mississipi valley; -- called also Indian bean.
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