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[kat-klaw] /ˈkætˌklɔ/
a prickly plant, Schrankia nutallii, of the legume family, native to the midwestern U.S. having pinnate leaves and tiny pink flowers forming a spherical cluster.
Origin of catclaw
cat + claw


[kats-klaw] /ˈkætsˌklɔ/
a spiny shrub or small tree, Pithecellobium unguis-cati, of Central America, having greenish-yellow flowers and reddish, spirally twisted pods.
Also, catclaw.
Also called blackbead.
First recorded in 1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dinsmore, his face in the catclaw, gave a smothered cry for help.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • She gathered ironwood and catclaw while he watched her vigilantly.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • His face and hands were torn with catclaw, his knee bruised by a slip against a sharp jut of quartz.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • A little brown rabbit skipped around a bunch of catclaw and sat twitching his whiskers and looking humorously at Givens.

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