Wattle Wat"tle, n. [AS. watel, watul, watol, hurdle, covering, wattle; cf. OE. watel a bag. Cf. {Wallet}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A twig or flexible rod; hence, a hurdle made of such rods. [1913 Webster]

And there he built with wattles from the marsh A little lonely church in days of yore. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. A rod laid on a roof to support the thatch. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A naked fleshy, and usually wrinkled and highly colored, process of the skin hanging from the chin or throat of a bird or reptile. (b) Barbel of a fish. [1913 Webster]

4. (a) The astringent bark of several Australian trees of the genus {Acacia}, used in tanning; -- called also {wattle bark}. [1913 Webster]

5. Material consisting of wattled twigs, withes, etc., used for walls, fences, and the like. ``The pailsade of wattle.'' --Frances Macnab. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

6. (Bot.) 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}. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

{Wattle turkey}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Brush turkey}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(of twigs)

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