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Wattle \Wat"tle\, n. [AS. watel, watul, watol, hurdle, covering, wattle; cf. OE. watel a bag. Cf. Wallet.] [1913 Webster]
A twig or flexible rod; hence, a hurdle made of such rods. [1913 Webster] And there he built with wattles from the marsh A little lonely church in days of yore. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]
A rod laid on a roof to support the thatch. [1913 Webster]
(Zool.) (a) A naked fleshy, and usually wrinkled and highly colored, process of the skin hanging from the chin or throat of a bird or reptile. (b) Barbel of a fish. [1913 Webster]
(a) The astringent bark of several Australian trees of the genus Acacia, used in tanning; -- called also wattle bark. [1913 Webster]
Material consisting of wattled twigs, withes, etc., used for walls, fences, and the like. "The pailsade of wattle." --Frances Macnab. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
(Bot.) In Australasia, any tree of the genus Acacia; -- so called from the wattles, or hurdles, which the early settlers made of the long, pliable branches or of the split stems of the slender species. The bark of such trees is also called wattle. See also Savanna wattle, under Savanna. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] Wattle turkey. (Zool.) Same as Brush turkey. [1913 Webster]
Wattle \Wat"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wattled; p. pr. & vb. n. Wattling.] [1913 Webster]
To bind with twigs. [1913 Webster]
To twist or interweave, one with another, as twigs; to form a network with; to plat; as, to wattle branches. [1913 Webster]
To form, by interweaving or platting twigs. [1913 Webster] The folded flocks, penned in their wattled cotes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 a fleshy wrinkled and often brightly colored fold of skin hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds (chickens and turkeys) or lizards [syn: lappet]
2 framework consisting of stakes interwoven with branches to form a fence


1 build of or with wattle
2 interlace to form wattle



  • a UK /ˈwɒtəl/, /"wQt@l/
  • a US , /ˈwɒtəl/, /"wQt@l/
  • Rhymes: -ɒtəl



  1. A construction of branches and twigs woven together to form a wall, barrier, fence, or roof
  2. A wrinkled fold of skin, sometimes brightly coloured, hanging from the neck of birds (such as chicken and turkey) and some lizards
  3. A decorative fleshy appendage on the neck of a goat
  4. Loose hanging skin in the neck of a person
  5. Any of several Australian trees of the Genus Acacia

Derived terms


construction of branches and twigs
fold of skin hanging from the neck of birds
fleshy appendage on the neck of goat
loose hanging skin
Australian acacia


  1. To construct a wattle, or make a construction of wattles
Wattle may refer to:
  • Wattle (anatomy), a fleshy growth hanging from the head or neck of certain animals, including humans
  • Wattle-and-daub, a building technique using woven wooden supports packed with clay or mud
  • Croatian wattle, decorative pattern found in medieval Croatian art
Wattle may also refer to:
  • Acacia, commonly known as wattle, especially in Australia
  • Black Wattle, a common name for several species of Acacia, as well as the unrelated Callicoma
  • Wattle bagworm, caterpillar native to Southern Africa
  • Wattlebird, a member of the Honeyeater family, native to Australia
  • Wattle-eye, a family of small insect-eating birds native to Africa
Other uses:
  • Wattle Day, an Australian celebration of the first day of spring
  • Steam tug Wattle, a vessel formerly in commercial service in Victoria Harbour, Melbourne, Australia
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