There are 2 definitions of wattle in English:

wattle1

Syllabification: wat·tle
Pronunciation: /ˈwätl
 
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noun

  • 1A material for making fences, walls, etc., consisting of rods or stakes interlaced with twigs or branches.
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    • Potter described house structures in the eroding sand - round houses of wattle, beneath rectangular buildings with stone wall footings.
    • Sotho huts, which have pointed, detachable roofs on walls of mud and wattle, are found throughout the country; these huts have window frames and full doorways.
    • The timbers were the uprights of wattle fences, the complex containing up to 100,000 square feet or 30,500 square metres of fencing, some of which still survives.
  • 2chiefly Australian An acacia.
    • Genus Acacia, family Leguminosae: many species, including the golden wattle
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    • For botany lessons, we crossed the road into the botanical gardens, there to examine the leaves of ash, oak, elm, plane, pine but no wattles, gums or banksias.
    • Until now the only trees he has seen are wattles and eucalypts, which don't merit a compliment.
    • Our house also seemed a little swallowed by wattle at times.

verb

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  • Make, enclose, or fill up with wattle.
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    • He sat in a stilted hut in a native village, wattled and roofed with the long, triangular woven leaves of trees.

Origin

Old English watul, of unknown origin.

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There are 2 definitions of wattle in English:

wattle2

Syllabification: wat·tle
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈwätl/

noun

  • A colored fleshy lobe hanging from the head or neck of domestic chickens, turkeys, and some other birds.
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    • Common sites of injection in birds include the wing web, wattle, dewlap, and interdigitary skin.
    • Chickens may die without showing any symptoms, but typically, birds suddenly show swelling about the eyes, wattles and ear lobes.
    • Some cracids have brightly colored skin on the face or neck, or ornaments such as wattles, casques or combs.

Derivatives

wattled

adjective
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  • A small boatload of fish, freshly caught, has just been poured out on the wattled floor.
  • The members of Eurylaiminae are variable in their plumage; the wattled broadbills have an eye ring of large blue wattles.
  • In the distance, a circle of small wattled huts raised on stilts lay shimmering ahead of them on the hot flood plain.

Origin

early 16th century: of unknown origin.

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