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ˈkæt kɪncatkin

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  1. catkin, amentnoun

    a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence

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  1. catkinnoun

    A type of inflorescence, consisting of a slender axis with many unisexual apetalous flowers along its sides, as in the willow and poplar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catkinnoun

    an ament; a species of inflorescence, consisting of a slender axis with many unisexual apetalous flowers along its sides, as in the willow and poplar, and (as to the staminate flowers) in the chestnut, oak, hickory, etc. -- so called from its resemblance to a cat's tail. See Illust. of Ament

    Etymology: [Cat + -kin.]

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  1. Catkin

    A catkin or ament is a slim, cylindrical flower cluster, with inconspicuous or no petals, usually wind-pollinated but sometimes insect pollinated. They contain many, usually unisexual flowers, arranged closely along a central stem which is often drooping. They are found in many plant families, including Betulaceae, Fagaceae, Moraceae, and Salicaceae. For some time, they were believed to be a key synapomorphy among the proposed Hamamelididae, but it is now believed that this flower arrangement has arisen independently by convergent evolution on a number of occasions. In many of these plants only the male flowers form catkins, and the female flowers are single, a cone or other types. In other plants both male and female flowers are borne in catkins. Catkin-bearing plants include many other trees or shrubs such as birch, willow, hickory, sweet chestnut and sweetfern, and also some herbaceous plants such as nettle. The word catkin is a loanword from the Dutch katteken, meaning "kitten", on account of the resemblance to a kitten's tail. Ament is from the Latin amentum, meaning "thong" or "strap".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catkin in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catkin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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