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 for catalpa
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bignonia \Big*no"ni*a\, prop. n. [Named from the Abb['e]
     Bignon.]
     1. (Bot.) A large genus of American, mostly tropical,
        climbing shrubs, having compound leaves and showy somewhat
        tubular flowers. Bignonia capreolata is the cross vine
        of the Southern United States. The trumpet creeper (also
        called the trumpet vine), with large red tubular flowers,
        was formerly considered to be of this genus, but is now
        classified as Campsis radicans.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     2. any member of the family Bignoniaceae, including the
        bignonia[1], catalpa, trumpet creeper, and princess
        tree. They typically have brightly colored tubular
        (trumpet-shaped) flowers.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Catalpa \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 Catalpa speciosa, of the
     Mississipi valley; -- called also Indian bean.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  catalpa
      n 1: tree of the genus Catalpa with large leaves and white
           flowers followed by long slender pods [syn: catalpa,
           Indian bean]

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