catkin

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noun cat·kin \ˈkat-kən\

Definition of catkin

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

Origin and Etymology of catkin

from its resemblance to a cat's tail


First Known Use: 1578

Other Seed Plant Terms


CATKIN Defined for English Language Learners

catkin

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noun cat·kin \ˈkat-kən\

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

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noun cat·kin \ˈkat-kən\

Definition of catkin for Students

  1. :  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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