a prickly plant, Schrankia nutallii, of the legume family, native to the midwestern U.S. having pinnate leaves and tiny pink flowers forming a spherical cluster.
a spiny shrub or small tree, Pithecellobium unguis-cati, of Central America, having greenish-yellow flowers and reddish, spirally twisted pods.
Historical Examples

She gathered ironwood and catclaw while he watched her vigilantly.
Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine

Dinsmore, his face in the catclaw, gave a smothered cry for help.
Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine

His face and hands were torn with catclaw, his knee bruised by a slip against a sharp jut of quartz.
Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine

A little brown rabbit skipped around a bunch of catclaw and sat twitching his whiskers and looking humorously at Givens.
Heart of the West O. Henry


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