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cat's-claw

[ kats-klaw ]
/ ˈkætsˌklɔ /

noun

a spiny shrub or small tree, Pithecellobium unguis-cati, of Central America, having greenish-yellow flowers and reddish, spirally twisted pods.

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Nearby words

cat's meow, cat's pajamas, cat's paw, cat's whisker, cat's whiskers, cat's-claw, cat's-ear, cat's-eye, cat's-foot, cat's-paw, cat's-tail
Also catclaw.

Origin of cat's-claw

First recorded in 1750–60
Also called blackbead.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019