Definition of catkin in English:

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catkin

Pronunciation: /ˈkatkɪn/

noun

A downy, hanging flowering spike of trees such as willow and hazel, pollinated by the wind.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

More
  • This is from obsolete Dutch katteken ‘kitten’.

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