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wat·tle 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

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.
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Sure enough, a few people out in the world were wattling, and happy to show how it is done on homemade videos.
Paul Wattling, station commander at Foleshill fire station, told CoventRYLIVE the fire involved a single-storey garage and a camper van seemingly made of fibreglass was also "80% involved in fire".
"Maybe we just don't get enough good weather here and that makes it more of a rare occurrence." Charlie Wattling, 63, who was visiting Barshaw Park with his wife and daughter, added: "I have no problem with anyone sunbathing topless, as long as they are discreet about it.
Males have rich chestnut, golden-brown and black markings on body and tail, with a dark green head and red face wattling. Females are mottled and paler brown and black.
Foleshill station commander Paul Wattling said the woman had fallen over the electric fire and burnt her arm in the fall.
Brian Wattling spent more than a decade sailing across the seven seas with the Royal Navy before returning to his home town where he served with the city's fire service for nearly 30 years.
Station commander Paul Wattling, from Binley, said that the nomination was "a timely reminder to the public of the exceptional work firefighters do in protecting local people and businesses, especially after the massive fire at Ney earlier this month."
Paul Wattling, station commander at Binley fire station, said: "If there is a kitchen fire people are generally able to escape.