Origin of catkin
Examples from the Web for catkin
Trees in the partially protected orchard fared somewhat better in regard to catkin injury than those in the more exposed orchard.
Catkin killing was very severe in both orchards and only those varieties which had a few live catkins are listed.
In winter the light could be seen on the other side; now catkin, bud, and opening leaf have thickened and check the view.Hodge and His Masters|Richard Jefferies
The Taylor every year sets a bunch of young nutlets, but I have never yet seen a catkin on it.
Hardiness of catkin also varied greatly and rather consistently from year to year.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting|Northern Nut Growers Association
British Dictionary definitions for catkin
Word Origin for catkin
Word Origin and History for catkin
1570s, from Dutch katteken "flowering stem of willow, birch, hazel, etc.," literally "kitten," diminutive of katte "cat" (see cat (n.)). So called for their soft, furry appearance.