- a member of a North American Indian people now living in N South Carolina
- the Siouan language of this people
- a cultivated variety of the fox grape, widely grown in the E U.S.
- a wine made from this grape
Origin of CatawbaShawnee kataapa from Catawba (yí) kátapu, village name, literally , (people of) the fork
nounpl. Catawba, or Ca·taw·bas
- A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting territory along the Catawba River in North and South Carolina and now located in western South Carolina.
- The Siouan language of the Catawba.
- A reddish North American grape developed from the fox grape.
- Wine made from this grape.
Origin of CatawbaAfter the Catawba (River)
From Catawba catawba (“catalpa tree”). See also catalpa.
From catawba, as the tree was the people's totem.