Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A construction of poles intertwined with twigs, reeds, or branches, used for walls, fences, and roofs.
  • n. Material used for such construction.
  • n. A fleshy, wrinkled, often brightly colored fold of skin hanging from the neck or throat, characteristic of certain birds, such as chickens or turkeys, and some lizards.
  • n. Botany Any of various Australian trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia.
  • transitive v. To construct from wattle.
  • transitive v. To weave into wattle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A construction of branches and twigs woven together to form a wall, barrier, fence, or roof.
  • n. A wrinkled fold of skin, sometimes brightly coloured, hanging from the neck of birds (such as chicken and turkey) and some lizards.
  • n. A decorative fleshy appendage on the neck of a goat.
  • n. Loose hanging skin in the neck of a person.
  • n. Any of several Australian trees and shrubs of the genus Acacia.
  • v. To construct a wattle, or make a construction of wattles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A twig or flexible rod; hence, a hurdle made of such rods.
  • n. A rod laid on a roof to support the thatch.
  • n.
  • n. A naked fleshy, and usually wrinkled and highly colored, process of the skin hanging from the chin or throat of a bird or reptile.
  • n. Barbel of a fish.
  • n.
  • n. The astringent bark of several Australian trees of the genus Acacia, used in tanning; -- called also wattle bark.
  • n. Material consisting of wattled twigs, withes, etc., used for walls, fences, and the like.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To bind with twigs.
  • transitive v. To twist or interweave, one with another, as twigs; to form a network with; to plat.
  • transitive v. To form, by interweaving or platting twigs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A framework made of interwoven rods or twigs; a hurdle. See hurdle.
  • n. A rod; a wand; a switch; a twig.
  • n. A basket; a bag or wallet.
  • n. In ornithology, a fleshy lobe hanging from the front of the head; specifically, such a lobe of the domestic hen, or a like formation of any bird.
  • n. A flap of skin forming a sort of dewlap on each side of the neck of some domestic swine.
  • n. In ichthyology, a fleshy excrescence about the mouth; a barbel.
  • n. One of various Australian and Tasmanian acacias, valued to some extent for their wood and for their gum, but more for their bark, which is rich in tannin.
  • n. In heraldry, a wattle or dewlap used in a bearing. Compare wattled.
  • To bind, wall, fence, or otherwise fit with wattles.
  • To form by interweaving twigs or branches: as, to wattle a fence.
  • To interweave; interlace; form into basket-work or network.
  • To switch; beat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various Australasian trees yielding slender poles suitable for wattle
  • n. a fleshy wrinkled and often brightly colored fold of skin hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds (chickens and turkeys) or lizards
  • v. interlace to form wattle
  • v. build of or with wattle
  • n. framework consisting of stakes interwoven with branches to form a fence

Etymologies

Middle English wattel, from Old English watel, hurdle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Those marks on my face are wrinkles, and that thing under my chin is called a wattle, which is only going to hang lower in years to come.

    You've got to be kidding.

  • A wattle is the bit of flesh below a rooster’s beak.

    Why Roosters Have Wattles

  • To make the open frames livable buildings, carpenters and masons in other European countries and the British Isles commonly filled in between the timbers with bricks, plaster, or a plaster-and-stick composite called wattle and daub.

    BUILDING THE TIMBER FRAME HOUSE

  • The wattle was a framework of woven withes covered by layers of daub consisting of clay, lime, horsehair, and cow dung.

    BUILDING THE TIMBER FRAME HOUSE

  • The outer and inner walls were all made of that stuff known as wattle and daub -- sort of earth-like plaster worked into and around hurdles.

    Bullets & Billets

  • -- These are large, long-necked birds, with a long pointed beak, and the eyes surrounded with a naked carunculated skin or wattle, which is also largely developed at the base of the beak.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • A wattle is the bit of flesh below a rooster's beak.

    Neatorama

  • And if you realized the word was "wattle" and not "wobble," would it change the direction of you ideation, so that maybe it would not have to end up -- yikes!

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • ANGOPHORA LANCEOLATA was every where; Callitris grew about the base of the hills, and some very singular acacias, a long-leaved grey kind of wattle, the ACACIA STENOPHYLLA of Cunningham.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

  • By cutting down invading alien plants, such as wattle and pine, the availability of water was significantly enhanced.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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  • From "A Field of Snow on a Slope of the Rosenberg" by Guy Davenport.

    January 19, 2010

  • This word was chosen as Wordnik word of the day.

    November 11, 2009

  • You know, wattle and waffle would have the same definition...except for two very good reasons.

    October 19, 2008

  • Hey, I only have two hands, you know! Why, I haven't even begun to think about my bird vocalizations list....

    December 18, 2007

  • reesetee, you don't already have a Bird Parts list?! Shameful! (<--me posing as a listmistress)

    December 18, 2007

  • Luvverly. Can I swap one for a wagtail's entrails?

    December 18, 2007

  • Buzzard gizzard. How's that for a bird part?

    December 18, 2007

  • Any word whose definition commences: "a fleshy wrinkled and often brightly colored fold of skin" has many interesting possibilities.
    Does the assembled Conference of Avians hereby approve?
    25 mapies say 'Aye'.
    And those birds on the fence or against?
    1 popinjay says 'Nay'.
    MOTION CARRIED.

    December 18, 2007

  • Watch it--I may start a list of bird parts. ;->

    Anyway, that was a mollusque addition, I believe. We're charter members of the Shared List Club.

    December 18, 2007

  • Wattle reesetee be listing next?!

    December 18, 2007

  • A tree or shrub of the genus Acacia.

    December 18, 2007

  • See caruncle.

    November 22, 2007