noun (C) especially BrE a soft flower that grows in long thin groups and hangs from the branches of trees such as the willow or birch 1

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  • Catkin — Cat kin (k[a^]t k[i^]n), n. [Cat + kin.] (Bot.) An ament; a species of inflorescence, consisting of a slender axis with many unisexual apetalous flowers along its sides, as in the willow and poplar, and (as to the staminate flowers) in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catkin — 1570s, from Du. katteken flowering stem of willow, hazel, etc., lit. kitten, dim. of katte cat. So called for their soft, furry appearance …   Etymology dictionary

  • catkin — ► NOUN ▪ a spike of small soft flowers hanging from trees such as willow and hazel. ORIGIN from obsolete Dutch katteken kitten …   English terms dictionary

  • catkin — [kat′kin] n. [Du katteken, dim. of katte, CAT1: from resemblance to a cat s tail] a drooping, deciduous, scaly spike of unisexual flowers without petals, as on poplars, walnuts, and birches; ament: see INFLORESCENCE …   English World dictionary

  • Catkin — A catkin or ament is a slim, cylindrical flower cluster, with inconspicuous or no petals, usually wind pollinated (anemophilous) but sometimes insect pollinated (as in Salix ). They contain many, usually unisexual flowers, arranged closely along… …   Wikipedia

  • catkin — UK [ˈkætkɪn] / US noun [countable] Word forms catkin : singular catkin plural catkins a long soft group of small flowers that hangs from the branches of willows and some other trees …   English dictionary

  • çatkın — sf. Çatık Müftü bunu işitince çatkın bir çehre ile geldi. R. N. Güntekin …   Çağatay Osmanlı Sözlük

  • catkin — [[t]kæ̱tkɪn[/t]] catkins N COUNT A catkin is a long, thin, soft flower that hangs on some trees, for example birch trees and hazel trees …   English dictionary

  • catkin — noun Etymology: from its resemblance to a cat s tail Date: 1578 a spicate inflorescence (as of the willow, birch, or oak) bearing scaly bracts and unisexual usually apetalous flowers called also ament …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catkin — catkinate /kat keuh nayt /, adj. /kat kin/, n. Bot. a spike of unisexual, apetalous flowers having scaly, usually deciduous bracts, as of a willow or birch. Also called ament. [1570 80; < D katteken little cat (now obs.). See CAT1, KIN] * * *… …   Universalium

  • catkin — noun A type of inflorescence, consisting of a slender axis with many unisexual apetalous flowers along its sides, as in the willow and poplar …   Wiktionary

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