a drooping, deciduous, scaly spike of unisexual flowers without petals, as on poplars, walnuts, and birches; ament
Origin of catkinDutch katteken, diminutive of katte, cat: from resemblance to a cat's tail
A dense, cylindrical, often drooping cluster of unisexual apetalous flowers found especially in willows, birches, and oaks. Also called ament.
Origin of catkinFrom obsolete Dutch katteken, kitten, diminutive of katte, cat (from its resemblance to a kitten's tail), from Germanic *kattuz.
male hazel catkins