1 [mass noun] A material for making fences, walls, etc., consisting of rods or stakes interlaced with twigs or branches.
- 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
- 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.
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Old English watul, of unknown origin.
Words that rhyme with wattleaxolotl, bottle, dottle, glottal, mottle, pottle, throttle
A coloured fleshy lobe hanging from the head or neck of the turkey and some other birds.
- 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.
- Example sentences
- 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.
Early 16th century: of unknown origin.
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