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What is the origin of the term catkin?

asked 2019-07-08 14:47:57 -0500

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I am curious about the meaning and/origin of the term catkin. The best I could find was dutch slang for a little cat.

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The best I could find was dutch slang for a little cat.

I happen to be Dutch and I've never heard anyone use catkin as slang for a small cat.

The wikipedia page on catkin does say:

The word catkin is a loanword from the Middle Dutch katteken, meaning "kitten"

are you referring to this? A loanword is hardly something I would call slang though.

gvdhoorn gravatar imagegvdhoorn ( 2019-07-08 15:19:05 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-07-08 14:56:39 -0500

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updated 2019-07-08 14:57:15 -0500

It's a reference to Willow Garage. From the overview of catkin

The name catkin comes from the tail-shaped flower cluster found on willow trees -- a reference to Willow Garage where catkin was created.

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