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Definitions of wattle

wattle1  (ˈwɒtəl



  1. a frame of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs, branches, etc, esp when used to make fences
  2. the material used in such a construction
  3. a loose fold of skin, often brightly coloured, hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds, lizards, etc
  4. 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 See also golden wattle
  5. a southern African caesalpinaceous tree, Peltophorum africanum, with yellow flowers

verb (transitive)

  1. to construct from wattle
  2. to bind or frame with wattle
  3. to weave or twist (branches, twigs, etc) into a frame


  1. made of, formed by, or covered with wattle

Derived Forms

ˈwattled  adjective

Word Origin

Old English watol; related to wethel wrap, Old High German wadal, German Wedel

wattle2  (ˈwɒtəl



  1. (English Midlands, dialect) of poor quality

Example Sentences Including 'wattle'

He walked quickly up the path between a wattle fence and the house.
Leasor, James Tank of Serpents
Hoping that he could not see me shake like wattle , I squared up to him and pushed him away.
James Birrell THE MANANA MAN (2002)
There were tall trees, which I learned later were of the eucalyptus family, and yellow blossom which they called wattle.
Holt, Victoria The Black Opal


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