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a. A construction of poles intertwined with twigs, reeds, or branches, used for walls, fences, and roofs.
b. Material used for such construction.
2. Botany Any of various Australian trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia.
tr.v. wat·tled, wat·tling, wat·tles
1. To construct from wattle.
2. To weave into wattle.
[Middle English wattel, from Old English watel. N., sense 2, short for wattle-tree, from their use in wattle construction .]
A fleshy, wrinkled, often brightly colored fold of skin usually hanging from the neck or throat, characteristic of certain birds, such as chickens or turkeys, and some lizards.
[Early Modern English, of unknown origin.]
1. (Building) a frame of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs, branches, etc, esp when used to make fences
2. (Building) the material used in such a construction
3. (Zoology) a loose fold of skin, often brightly coloured, hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds, lizards, etc
4. (Plants) any of various chiefly Australian acacia trees having spikes of small brightly coloured flowers and flexible branches, which were used by early settlers for making fences. See also golden wattle
5. (Plants) a southern African caesalpinaceous tree, Peltophorum africanum, with yellow flowers
6. (Building) to construct from wattle
7. (Building) to bind or frame with wattle
8. (Building) to weave or twist (branches, twigs, etc) into a frame
(Building) made of, formed by, or covered with wattle
[Old English watol; related to wethel wrap, Old High German wadal, German Wedel]
dialect Midland English of poor quality
n., v. -tled, -tling,
1. Often, wattles. a number of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs or tree branches for making fences, walls, etc.
2. wattles, a number of poles laid on a roof to hold thatch.v.t.
3. to bind, wall, fence, etc., with wattle or wattles.
4. to make or construct by interweaving twigs or branches: to wattle a fence.adj.
5. built or roofed with wattle or wattles.
[before 900; Middle English wattel, Old English watul covering, akin to wætla bandage]
a fleshy lobe hanging down from the throat or chin of certain birds, as the domestic turkey.
wattle- The fleshy part hanging from the neck of a turkey or other bird.
See also related terms for turkey.
Past participle: wattled
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|Noun||1.||wattle - a fleshy wrinkled and often brightly colored fold of skin hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds (chickens and turkeys) or lizards|
|2.||wattle - framework consisting of stakes interwoven with branches to form a fence|
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
|3.||wattle - any of various Australasian trees yielding slender poles suitable for wattle|
acacia - any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia
Acacia cambegei, gidgee, stinking wattle - scrubby Australian acacia having extremely foul-smelling blossoms
Acacia dealbata, mimosa, silver wattle - evergreen Australasian tree having white or silvery bark and young leaves and yellow flowers
|Verb||1.||wattle - build of or with wattle|
construction, building - the act of constructing something; "during the construction we had to take a detour"; "his hobby was the building of boats"
|2.||wattle - interlace to form wattle|