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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See catkin.
  • n. A person with severely deficient intellectual capacity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A catkin or amentum
  • n. A congenital idiot

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of inflorescence; a catkin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a kind of inflorescence consisting of unisexual apetalous flowers growing in the axils of scales or bracts ranged along a stalk or axis; a catkin. The true ament or catkin is articulated with the branch and is deciduous; it is well seen in the inflorescence of the birch, willow, and poplar, and in the staminate inflorescence of the oak, walnut, and hazel. Also written amentum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence

Etymologies

Latin āmentum, strap.
From Latin āmēns, āment-, insane : ā-, ab-, out of; see ab-1 + mēns, mind; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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