Definition of "wattle" []

  • A construction of poles intertwined with twigs, reeds, or branches, used for walls, fences, and roofs. (noun)
  • Material used for such construction. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • Botany Any of various Australian trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia. (noun)
  • To construct from wattle. (verb-transitive)
  • A frame of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs, branches, etc, esp when used to make fences (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The material used in such a construction (noun)
  • A loose fold of skin, often brightly coloured, hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds, lizards, etc (noun)
  • 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 (noun)
  • A southern African caesalpinaceous tree, Peltophorum africanum, with yellow flowers (noun)
  • To construct from wattle (verb)
  • To bind or frame with wattle (verb)
  • To weave or twist (branches, twigs, etc) into a frame (verb)
  • Made of, formed by, or covered with wattle (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "wattle" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "A wattle is the bit of flesh below a rooster’s beak."
  • "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."