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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
1800-1810
1800-10
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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

noun
1.
  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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Encyclopedia Article for wattle and daub

daub and wattle

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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