Petit du chat.
ETYM Old Eng. kiton, a dim. of cat; cf. German kitze a young cat, also a female cat, and French chaton, dim. of chat cat, also Eng. kitling. Related to Cat.
Young domestic cat; SYN. kitty.
A cylindrical spikelike inflorescence; SYN. ament.
In flowering plants (angiosperms), a pendulous inflorescence, bearing numerous small, usually unisexual flowers. The tiny flowers are stalkless and the petals and sepals are usually absent or much reduced in size. Many types of trees bear catkins, including willows, poplars, and birches. Most plants with catkins are wind-pollinated, so the male catkins produce large quantities of pollen. Some gymnosperms also have catkinlike structures that produce pollen, for example, the swamp cypress Taxodium.
Tall erect herbs with sword-shaped leaves; cosmopolitan in fresh and salt marshes.
Any of a genus (Typha of the family Typhaceae, the cattail family) of tall reedy marsh plants with brown furry fruiting spikes; especially; a plant (Typha latifolia) with long flat leaves used especially for making mats and chair seats.