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wattle and daub

Also, wattle and dab. a building technique employing wattles plastered with clay and mud.
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 of wattle and daub
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • Thermal insulation was rudimentary--often wattle and daub, brick and wood nogging.
  • Palisades and other structures such as residences were constructed of wattle and daub.
British Dictionary definitions for wattle and daub

wattle and daub

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