[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. catchwater drain,
  2. catchweed,
  3. catchweight,
  4. catchword,
  5. catchy,
  6. catcon,
  7. cate,
  8. cateau, le,
  9. catechesis,
  10. catechetical

Origin of catclaw


[ 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.