catclaw

noun
cat·​claw | \ ˈkat-ˌklȯ How to pronounce catclaw (audio) \

Definition of catclaw

: a yellow-flowered spiny acacia (Acacia greggi) of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico

Examples of catclaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That especially applies to the vegetation as anyone who has tangled with catclaw, backed into a tasajillo or hopped on one leg when a mesquite thorn poked all the way through a boot sole and punctured a foot will attest. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Rattlers and ticks part of spring turkey hunting," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of catclaw

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Catclaw.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catclaw. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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