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wattle1 (ˈwɒtəl Pronunciation for wattle1



  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 Pronunciation for wattle2



  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)
IMMERSE yourself in a world of brilliant yellow and green as hundreds of wattle trees bloom at Mt Annan Botanic Garden this month.
Australian News Misc (2004)
In Africa, Lonrho owned cattle farms, wattle plantations, tea estates, newspapers, car dealerships and an airline as well as its mines.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
Leathery-featured locals staked out in ancient mud and wattle huts wave as the boats pass.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
On Sunday 20 October, Prime Minister John Howard urged all Australians to wear sprigs of wattle (the national flower) to honour the dead.
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
This would be a wattle building kept in a fairly clean condition.
Fisher, Eric Healing Miracles
Why can't Australia have a dark bottle green uniform with a spray of golden wattle from the right shoulder to the left hip?
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)


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