- 1 [mass noun] A material for making fences, walls, etc., consisting of rods or stakes interlaced with twigs or branches.More example sentences
- 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.
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- 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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- Make, enclose, or fill up with wattle.More example sentences
- He sat in a stilted hut in a native village, wattled and roofed with the long, triangular woven leaves of trees.
Old English watul, of unknown origin.
- A coloured fleshy lobe hanging from the head or neck of the turkey and some other birds.More example sentences
- 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.
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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.
early 16th century: of unknown origin.