wattle and daub

noun
1.
Also, wattle and dab. a building technique employing wattles plastered with clay and mud.
2.
a form of wall construction consisting of upright posts or stakes interwoven with twigs or tree branches and plastered with a mixture of clay and straw.

Origin:
1800–10

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wattle and daub
 
n
a.  a form of wall construction consisting of interwoven twigs plastered with a mixture of clay, lime, water, and sometimes dung and chopped straw
 b.  (as modifier): a wattle-and-daub hut

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wattle and daub

in building construction, method of constructing walls in which vertical wooden stakes, or wattles, are woven with horizontal twigs and branches, and then daubed with clay or mud. This method is one of the oldest known for making a weatherproof structure. In England, Iron Age sites have been discovered with remains of circular dwellings constructed in this way, the staves being driven into the earth

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Example sentences
The structure was likely made of wattle and daub-a framework of wooden sticks
  covered with mud or clay.
It had thick wattle and daub walls and a thatched roof with carved and painted
  wooden animal effigies on top.
The ribs also were used as walking canes and in the making of wattle and daub
  house walls.
Walls were a composite of masonry, wood, and a type of wattle and daub
  construction.
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