Definitions for "Catawba"
Keywords:  siouan, carolina, esaw, issa, iswa
a member of the Siouan people formerly living in the Carolinas
the Siouan language spoken by the Catawba people
The Catawba (also known as Issa or Esaw, but most commonly Iswa) are a tribe of Native Americans, in the Southeast United States, along the border between North and South Carolina. The Catawba were once considered one of the most powerful eastern Siouan tribes. The Catawaba began settling in this region of North America in the mid 17th century.
A well known light red variety of American grape.
A light-colored, sprightly American wine from the Catawba grape.
slip-skin reddish American table grape
According to the 1854 US Dispensatory the Catawba or Catalpa tree is a beautiful flowering tree, occasionally cultivated for ornamental purposes, reputed to be poisonous. A decoction was prepared by boiling 3 or 4 ounces of Catawba seeds with 12 ounces of water down to 6 ounces and it was then administered in the morning and at night for the treatment of asthma. This medicine probably fell out of favor in the 1800's due to lack of efficacy as there are no reference to Catawba in any early 1900 references.