plural cat's-ears

Definition of cat's-ear

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 : any of various plants with soft hairy blossoms or leaves (as the cudweed or the hawkweed)
3 West : a plant of the genus Calochortus

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“Cat's-ear.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc.,'s-ear. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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