[ 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

Definition for catclaw (2 of 2)

[ 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.

Origin of cat's-claw

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

Examples from the Web for catclaw

  • Dinsmore, his face in the catclaw, gave a smothered cry for help.

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

    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.