from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A usually dense, cylindrical, often drooping cluster of unisexual apetalous flowers found in willows, birches, and oaks. Also called ament1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of inflorescence, consisting of a slender axis with many unisexual apetalous flowers along its sides, as in the willow and poplar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ament; a species of inflorescence, consisting of a slender axis with many unisexual apetalous flowers along its sides, as in the willow and poplar, and (as to the staminate flowers) in the chestnut, oak, hickory, etc. -- so called from its resemblance to a cat's tail. See Illust. of ament.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a scaly spike of unisexual flowers, usually deciduous after flowering or fruiting, as in the willow and birch; an ament. Also called cattail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence
From obsolete Dutch katteken, kitten, diminutive of katte, cat (from its resemblance to a kitten's tail), from Germanic *kattuz.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)