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 The mountainous desert region is one highlighted by cactus flowers like the Strawberry Pitaya, the spiny ocotillo shrub, catclaw, desert marigolds, and the area’s namesake bluebonnets. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 26 Apr. 2022 Dodging catclaw, cactus and a jump over a drainage outlet, the short walk around the tank’s perimeter unpacks rustlings of life, scat, feathers and impressions of a robust community that thrives in a who-knew refuge curiously close to road ruckus. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 24 Dec. 2021 The rocky but usually dry crossings are fringed with scrappy stands of scrub oak, willows and catclaw. Mare Czinar, azcentral, 12 Mar. 2020 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, 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of catclaw

1898, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2022

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“Catclaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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