Definition of catkin in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkatkɪn


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