Wattle definition

wŏtl
(botany) Any of various Australian trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia.
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To construct from wattle.
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A sort of woven work made of sticks intertwined with twigs or branches, used for walls, fences, and roofs.
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Rods or poles used as the support of a thatched roof.
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To weave into wattle.
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A fleshy, wrinkled, often brightly colored piece of skin which hangs from the chin or throat of certain birds, as the turkey, or of some lizards.
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To twist or intertwine (sticks, twigs, branches, etc.) so as to form an interwoven structure or fabric.
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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.
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(austral.) Any of various acacias: the flexible branches were much used by early settlers for making wattles.
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A barbel of a fish.
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A fold or pouch of flesh hanging from the neck or lower part of the jaw.
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Made of or roofed with wattle or wattles.
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To construct (a fence) by intertwining sticks or twigs.
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To build of, or roof, fence, etc. with, wattle.
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A construction of poles intertwined with twigs, reeds, or branches, used for walls, fences, and roofs.
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Material used for such construction.
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A stick, rod, twig, or wand.
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A hurdle or framework made of sticks, rods, etc.
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A construction of branches and twigs woven together to form a wall, barrier, fence, or roof.
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A single twig or rod laid on a roof to support the thatch.
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A wrinkled fold of skin, sometimes brightly coloured, hanging from the neck of birds (such as chicken and turkey) and some lizards.
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A barbel of a fish.
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A decorative fleshy appendage on the neck of a goat.
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Loose hanging skin in the neck of a person.
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Any of several Australian trees and shrubs of the genus Acacia, or their bark, used in tanning.
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To construct a wattle, or make a construction of wattles.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
wattle
Plural:
wattles

Origin of wattle

  • Middle English wattel from Old English watel N., sense 2, short for wattle-tree from their use in wattle construction

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Early Modern English of unknown origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition