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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɒtəl/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) enPR: wätʹəl, IPA(key): /ˈwɒtəl/, [ˈwɑ.ɾl̩]
- Rhymes: -ɒtəl
- Homophone: what'll (in some accents with the wine-whine merger)
- A construction of branches and twigs woven together to form a wall, barrier, fence, or roof.
- 1874, Alfred Tennyson, “The Holy Grail”, in Idylls of the King (The Works of Alfred Tennyson; VI), cabinet edition, London: Henry S. King & Co., […], OCLC 1066791046, page 104:
- And there the heathen Prince, Arviragus, / Gave him an isle of marsh whereon to build; / And there he built with wattles from the marsh / A little lonely church in days of yore, […]
- A single twig or rod laid on a roof to support the thatch.
- A wrinkled fold of skin, sometimes brightly coloured, hanging from the neck of birds (such as chicken and turkey) and some lizards.
- A barbel of a fish.
- A decorative fleshy appendage on the neck of a goat.
- Loose hanging skin in the neck of a person.
- 2006, Peter Godwin, When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa:
- The buttons below his waddle open to reveal a ruddy V, tidemark of the sun.
- Any of several Australian trees and shrubs of the genus Acacia, or their bark, used in tanning.
- 1901, “Progress in the Fruit Industry of Queensland”, in The Agricultural Journal and Mining Record, volume 4, page 16:
- The tents and sheets are made of the best Canadian duck, tanned for the purpose of preservation with a strong extract of iron-bark and wattle-bark.
- This plant seen as the national emblem of Australia.
construction of branches and twigs
fold of skin hanging from the neck of birds
fleshy appendage on the neck of goat
loose hanging skin
- (transitive) To construct a wattle, or make a construction of wattles.
- (transitive) To bind with wattles or twigs.