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wat·tle 1

 (wŏt′l)
n.
1.
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 .]

wat·tle 2

(wŏt′l)
n.
A fleshy, wrinkled, often brightly colored fold of skin usually hanging from the neck or throat, characteristic of certain birds, reptiles, and mammals.

[Early Modern English, of unknown origin.]

wat′tled adj.
References in classic literature ?
The trunks of several trees had been wattled across, the intervals strengthened with stakes, and the ground behind this barricade levelled up with earth to make the floor.
It looked strange enough, to see all this wealth in a nest upon a cliff-side, wattled about growing trees.
With hot heart I took the green winding path, and presently came the little grassy glade, and the bubbling crystal well, and the hut of wattled boughs, and, looking through the open door of the hut, I saw a lovely girl lying asleep in her golden hair.
It is nothing but a pigsty; a pigsty with a wattled fence around it.
Having travelled about three miles, we came to a long kind of building, made of timber stuck in the ground, and wattled across; the roof was low and covered with straw.