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 for Catkin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Catkin \Cat"kin\ (k[a^]t"k[i^]n), 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.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  catkin
      n 1: a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence [syn: catkin,
           ament]

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