catclaw

[kat-klaw]
noun
1.
a prickly plant, Schrankia nutallii, of the legume family, native to the midwestern U.S. having pinnate leaves and tiny pink flowers forming a spherical cluster.

Origin:
cat1 + claw

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cat's-claw

[kats-klaw]
noun
a spiny shrub or small tree, Pithecellobium unguis-cati, of Central America, having greenish-yellow flowers and reddish, spirally twisted pods.
Also, catclaw.
Also called blackbead.


Origin:
1750–60

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Try along desert washes and in thickets of catclaw, hackberry or other heavy shrub areas.
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