Definition of catkin in English:


Syllabification: cat·kin
Pronunciation: /ˈkatkin


  • A flowering spike of trees such as willow and hazel. Catkins are typically downy, pendulous, composed of flowers of a single sex, and wind-pollinated.
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    • Live oaks produce male flowers called catkins that bloom in hanging clusters.
    • Some varieties shed pollen from the male catkins before the female flowers are receptive, and so require pollen from another variety with a later pollen maturation date.
    • They also eat fruits, berries, twigs, leaves, catkins, and seeds.


late 16th century: from obsolete Dutch katteken 'kitten'.

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