catkin

noun
cat·​kin | \ ˈkat-kən How to pronounce catkin (audio) \

Definition of catkin

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

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Examples of catkin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pruning may help increase the size of catkins next year. oregonlive, "Can you grow a Japanese maple from a cutting? Ask an expert," 21 Sep. 2019 Small balls of gray catkin fluff blew on the wind, seedpods from poplars, which bloom all over Warsaw in the spring. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, "Olga Tokarczuk’s Novels Against Nationalism," 29 July 2019 The oak catkins have elongated, however, on and off cooler temperatures and rain showers have helped to keep the tree count down. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: After a pleasant night, the heat gets turned up Wednesday," 1 May 2018 The crispy things are the catkins of the live oak trees (Quercus virginiana). Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "How to pick the best orchids for interior design," 10 Apr. 2018 The catkins contain the male flowers that shed pollen. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "How to pick the best orchids for interior design," 10 Apr. 2018 The catkins contain the male flowers that shed pollen. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "How to pick the best orchids for interior design," 10 Apr. 2018 The catkins contain the male flowers that shed pollen. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "How to pick the best orchids for interior design," 10 Apr. 2018 After the pollen is shed, the catkins drop from the tree. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "How to pick the best orchids for interior design," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of catkin

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catkin

from its resemblance to a cat's tail

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The first known use of catkin was in 1578

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“Catkin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catkin. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for catkin

catkin

noun
How to pronounce catkin (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of catkin

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

catkin

noun
cat·​kin | \ ˈkat-kən How to pronounce catkin (audio) \

Kids Definition of catkin

: 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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