Friday, April 26, 2013

Is catkin a female kitten?

Well, let's look at the word...
Source: Flickr.


This word refers to a long cylindrical cluster of small flowers without petals; in Polish we call catkins bazie. And this is how you pronounce the word catkin.

A few examples from the Internet:
  • Why willows and catkins are good news for your garden?    
  • Catkins are dangling off hazel trees, many of them hard and unripe...
  • On the twigs just above where the male catkins are attached...
  • The females produce purple brown berries, however the male catkins are more attractive...
  • Catkins are male or (more conspicuous) female flowers.
  • One of the most commonly known catkins are those of the pussy willow, which are...    

My question to you:
Do you like catkins? What for?

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