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Wattle (fold of skin in birds and lizards) hanging from a rooster’s neck.
A wattle (construction of woven branches) fence (bottom).
Wattles of a goat.
Acacia podalyriifolia, a wattle (Australian tree of the genus Acacia).


From Middle English wattel, watel, from Old English watel, watul (hurdle). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wey- (to turn, wind, bend).



wattle (countable and uncountable, plural wattles)

  1. A construction of branches and twigs woven together to form a wall, barrier, fence, or roof.
    • (Can we date this quote by Tennyson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      And there he built with wattles from the marsh / A little lonely church in days of yore.
  2. A single twig or rod laid on a roof to support the thatch.
  3. A wrinkled fold of skin, sometimes brightly coloured, hanging from the neck of birds (such as chicken and turkey) and some lizards.
  4. A barbel of a fish.
  5. A decorative fleshy appendage on the neck of a goat.
  6. Loose hanging skin in the neck of a person.
  7. Any of several Australian trees and shrubs of the genus Acacia, or their bark, used in tanning.

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wattle (third-person singular simple present wattles, present participle wattling, simple past and past participle wattled)

  1. (transitive) To construct a wattle, or make a construction of wattles.
  2. (transitive) To bind with wattles or twigs.

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