catawba


catawba

noun

  1. a Siouan language of North and South Carolina.
  2. a river flowing from W North Carolina into South Carolina, where it becomes the Wateree River.Compare Wateree.
  3. Horticulture.
    1. a reddish variety of grape.
    2. the vine bearing this fruit, grown in the eastern U.S.
  4. a light, dry, white wine made from this grape.

noun

  1. plural -ba or -bas a member of a North American Indian people, formerly of South Carolina, now almost extinct
  2. their language, belonging to the Siouan family
  3. a cultivated variety of red North American grape, widely grown in the eastern US
  4. the wine made from these grapes
n.

type of American grape, 1857, the name is that of a river in South Carolina, U.S., where the grape was found. The river is named for the Katahba Indian group and language (Siouan), from katapu “fork of a stream,” itself a Muskogean loan-word.

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