catkinate

catkin

[kat-kin]
noun Botany.
a spike of unisexual, apetalous flowers having scaly, usually deciduous bracts, as of a willow or birch.
Also called ament.


Origin:
1570–80; < Dutch katteken little cat (now obsolete). See cat, -kin

catkinate [kat-kuh-neyt] , adjective
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catkin (ˈkætkɪn)
 
n
Also called: ament an inflorescence consisting of a spike, usually hanging, of much reduced flowers of either sex: occurs in birch, hazel, etc
 
[C16: from obsolete Dutch katteken kitten, identical in meaning with French chaton, German Kätzchen]

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catkin
1578, from Du. katteken "flowering stem of willow, hazel, etc.," lit. "kitten," dim. of katte "cat." So called for their soft, furry appearance.
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catkin   (kāt'kĭn)  Pronunciation Key 
A long, thin, indeterminate inflorescence of tiny, petalless flowers growing on willows, birches, oaks, poplars, and certain other trees. The flowers on a catkin are either all male or all female. The female flowers are usually pollinated by the wind. Also called ament. See illustration at inflorescence.
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