- 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
- a spiny shrub or small tree, Pithecellobium unguis-cati, of Central America, having greenish-yellow flowers and reddish, spirally twisted pods.
Origin of cat's-claw
First recorded in 1750–60
Also called blackbead.
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Examples from the Web for 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.
His face and hands were torn with catclaw, his knee bruised by a slip against a sharp jut of quartz.
A little brown rabbit skipped around a bunch of catclaw and sat twitching his whiskers and looking humorously at Givens.Heart of the West