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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catkin  \Cat"kin\,  n.  [Cat  +  -kin.]  (Bot.) 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  catkin 
  n  :  a  cylindrical  spikelike  inflorescence  [syn:  {ament}] 




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