noun cat·kin \ˈkat-kən\

: a bunch of flowers that grow in close rows on the branches of trees (such as willows or birches)

Full Definition of CATKIN

:  a spicate inflorescence (as of the willow, birch, or oak) bearing scaly bracts and unisexual usually apetalous flowers —called also ament

Origin of CATKIN

from its resemblance to a cat's tail
First Known Use: 1578

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil
CATKIN Defined for Kids


noun cat·kin \ˈkat-kən\

Definition of CATKIN for Kids

:  a flower cluster (as of the willow and birch) in which the flowers grow in close circular rows along a slender stalk


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