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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɒtəl/
- (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.
- 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.
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.