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cat·kin

 (kăt′kĭn)
n.
A dense, cylindrical, often drooping cluster of unisexual apetalous flowers found especially in willows, birches, and oaks. Also called ament.

[From obsolete Dutch katteken, kitten, diminutive of katte, cat (from its resemblance to a kitten's tail), from Germanic *kattuz.]

catkin

(ˈkætkɪn)
n
(Botany) an inflorescence consisting of a spike, usually hanging, of much reduced flowers of either sex: occurs in birch, hazel, etc. Also called: ament
[C16: from obsolete Dutch katteken kitten, identical in meaning with French chaton, German Kätzchen]

cat•kin

(ˈkæt kɪn)

n.
a spike of unisexual flowers with scaly bracts and no petals, as on the willow or birch.
Also called ament.
[1570–80; < Dutch katteken little cat (now obsolete)]
cat′kin•ate` (-kəˌneɪt) adj.

cat·kin

(kăt′kĭn)
A long, thin cluster of tiny, petalless flowers growing on willows, birches, oaks, poplars, and certain other trees. The flowers on a catkin are either all male or all female. See more at flower.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catkin - a cylindrical spikelike inflorescencecatkin - a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence
inflorescence - the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk
Translations
尾状花序

catkin

[ˈkætkɪn] Namento m, candelilla f

catkin

[ˈkætkɪn] n [hazel] → chaton mcat litter nlitière f (pour chats)

catkin

[ˈkætkɪn] n (Bot) → amento, gattino
References in classic literature ?
I was standing with Rachel beside the water, amusing the laughing baby in her arms with a twig of willow laden with golden catkins, when, greatly to my surprise, he entered the park, mounted on his costly black hunter, and crossed over the grass to meet me.
Walking some forty paces away, Sergey Ivanovitch, knowing he was out of sight, stood still behind a bushy spindle-tree in full flower with its rosy red catkins.
With their pale bark and delicate leaves, they keep on giving in winter with catkins that bear their seeds.
Eye-catching black willow, Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys', bears dark catkins with red anthers along vivid mahogany branches.
THERE are all sorts of signs to show that the seasons are changing if Mother Nature is an accurate barometer; as snowdrops, hazel catkins and even ladybirds and butterflies have been recorded across the UK on the Woodland Trust's Nature's Calendar website.
Already we have had hazel with the long catkins, and the pussy willows with their furry buds.
Catkins have always fascinated me, and as part of our continued work to develop the garden and offer year round interest to our visitors, we have now created an unique area dedicated to catkins.
Spring feels like it's on its way, as the first catkins are already out.
It is known as the tassel tree because of its creamy grey catkins that hang like tassels from the branches in winter.
ENJOY nuts from this shrub in autumn and yellow catkins in spring.
SOFT, sensual and e - just like a geisha - are the silvery catkins hanging from the bare stems of the pussy willow or Salix caprea.
A 22lb moggy apparently halved its weight after going on the Catkins and sticking to a meat-rich diet.