Definition of cat's–ear



  1. 1 :  a European weed (Hypochaeris radicata) now widely naturalized in North America that has yellow flower heads and leaves resembling a cat's ear —called also California dandelion, capeweed, gosmore

  2. 2 :  any of various plants with soft hairy blossoms or leaves (as the cudweed or the hawkweed)

  3. 3 West :  a plant of the genus Calochortus

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cat's–ear? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


capable of being understood in two ways

Get Word of the Day daily email!