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[wot-l] /ˈwɒt l/
noun
1.
Often, wattles. a number of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs or tree branches for making fences, walls, etc.
2.
wattles, a number of poles laid on a roof to hold thatch.
3.
(in Australia) any of various acacias whose shoots and branches were used by the early colonists for wattles, now valued especially for their bark, which is used in tanning.
4.
a fleshy lobe or appendage hanging down from the throat or chin of certain birds, as the domestic chicken or turkey.
verb (used with object), wattled, wattling.
5.
to bind, wall, fence, etc., with wattle or wattles.
6.
to roof or frame with or as if with wattles.
7.
to form into a basketwork; interweave; interlace.
8.
to make or construct by interweaving twigs or branches:
to wattle a fence.
adjective
9.
built or roofed with wattle or wattles.
Origin
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English wattel, Old English watul covering, akin to wætla bandage; (v.) Middle English wattelen, derivative of the noun
Related forms
unwattled, adjective
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Examples for wattles
  • Establishing willow cuttings, stakes and/or wattles on a stream bank will benefit you and the stream.
  • wattles are used in a similar fashion to log terraces.
  • Straw wattles can be used as dikes to stabilize temporary channel flow lines or as a perimeter filter barrier.
  • During mating season, the gobbler's crown swells and turns white and its wattles become large and bright red.
  • Live staking is also used with contour wattling to secure wattles along a contour.
  • wattles installed along the contour help to break up long slopes.
British Dictionary definitions for wattles

wattle1

/ˈwɒtəl/
noun
1.
a frame of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs, branches, etc, esp when used to make fences
2.
the material used in such a construction
3.
a loose fold of skin, often brightly coloured, hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds, lizards, etc
4.
any of various chiefly Australian acacia trees having spikes of small brightly coloured flowers and flexible branches, which were used by early settlers for making fences See also golden wattle
5.
a southern African caesalpinaceous tree, Peltophorum africanum, with yellow flowers
verb (transitive)
6.
to construct from wattle
7.
to bind or frame with wattle
8.
to weave or twist (branches, twigs, etc) into a frame
adjective
9.
made of, formed by, or covered with wattle
Derived Forms
wattled, adjective
Word Origin
Old English watol; related to wethel wrap, Old High German wadal, German Wedel

wattle2

/ˈwɒtəl/
adjective
1.
(Midland English, dialect) of poor quality
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Word Origin and History for wattles
wattle
"fleshy appendage below the neck of certain birds," 1513 (extended jocularly to human beings, 1570), of uncertain origin and of doubtful relationship to wattle (1).
wattle
"stakes interlaced with twigs and forming the framework of the wall of a building," O.E. watol "hurdle," in plural "twigs, thatching, tiles," related to weðel "bandage," of unknown origin. Surviving in wattle-and-daub "building material for huts, etc." (1808).
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