Catkin

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

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

    Çağatay Osmanlı Sözlük

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 catkin — cat|kin [ˈkætkın] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Early Dutch katteken kitten ; because it looks like a cat s tail] BrE a long soft flower that hangs in groups from the branches of trees such as the ↑willow …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 catkin — cat|kin [ kætkın ] noun count a long soft group of small flowers that hangs from the branches of WILLOWS and some other trees …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 catkin — cat·kin || kætkɪn n. long cylindrical cluster of small flowers without petals (found in willows, birches, and oaks, also called ament) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 15 catkin — noun a downy, hanging, wind pollinated flowering spike of trees such as willow and hazel. Origin C16: from obs. Du. katteken kitten …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 catkin — n. Ament, amentum, cat s tail …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 17 catkin — 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 …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 catkin — cat·kin …

    English syllables

  • 19 catkin — cat•kin [[t]ˈkæt kɪn[/t]] n. bot a spike of unisexual flowers with scaly bracts and no petals, as on the willow or birch Also called ament Etymology: 1570–80; < D katteken little cat (now obs.) cat′kin•ate kəˌneɪt adj …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 catkin — /ˈkætkən/ (say katkuhn) noun Botany a spike like inflorescence consisting of unisexual flowers, as of the willow or birch; amentum. {Dutch katteken little cat} …

    Australian English dictionary


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