Cat's paw

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Cat's paw is a phrase derived from La Fontaine's fable, "The Monkey and the Cat", referring to a person used unwittingly or unwillingly by another to accomplish the other's own purpose.

Cat's paw or Catspaw may also refer to:

  • The paw of a cat

In arts and entertainment[edit]

In science[edit]

  • Cat's Paw Mussel, one of a few species of Epioblasma mussels
  • Catspaw, informal name of some species of the plant Anigozanthus (Haemodoraceae)
  • Cat's Paw Nebula or Bear Claw Nebula, common names for NGC 6334
  • Cat's paw (wave), in Earth sciences, a pattern of shallow ripples (capillary waves) on the surface of water

In technology[edit]