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catclaw

[kat-klaw]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. cat's-claw.
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Origin of catclaw

cat's-claw

[kats-klaw]
noun
  1. 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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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. 2018

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Historical Examples of catclaw

  • 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.