catkin

noun cat·kin \ ˈkat-kən \

Definition of catkin

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

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Origin and Etymology of catkin

from its resemblance to a cat's tail

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CATKIN Defined for English Language Learners

catkin

noun

Definition of catkin for English Language Learners

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


CATKIN Defined for Kids

catkin

noun cat·kin \ ˈkat-kən \

Definition of catkin for Students

: 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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