cat's-tail


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cat's-tail

n
1. (Plants) another name for reed mace1
2. (Botany) another name for catkin
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Noun1.cat's-tail - tall marsh plant with cylindrical seed heads that explode when mature shedding large quantities of downcat's-tail - tall marsh plant with cylindrical seed heads that explode when mature shedding large quantities of down; its long flat leaves are used for making mats and chair seats; of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa
cattail - tall erect herbs with sword-shaped leaves; cosmopolitan in fresh and salt marshes
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References in classic literature ?
Their lives are passed in the great sand plains and along the adjacent rivers; they subsist sometimes on fish, at other times on roots and the seeds of a plant, called the cat's-tail. They are of the same kind of people that Captain Bonneville found upon Snake River, and whom he found so mild and inoffensive.