wattle


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wattle \Wat"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wattled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Wattling.]
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   1. To bind with twigs.
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   2. To twist or interweave, one with another, as twigs; to
      form a network with; to plat; as, to wattle branches.
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   3. To form, by interweaving or platting twigs.
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            The folded flocks, penned in their wattled cotes.
                                                  --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wattle \Wat"tle\, n. [AS. watel, watul, watol, hurdle, covering,
   wattle; cf. OE. watel a bag. Cf. Wallet.]
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   1. A twig or flexible rod; hence, a hurdle made of such rods.
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            And there he built with wattles from the marsh
            A little lonely church in days of yore. --Tennyson.
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   2. A rod laid on a roof to support the thatch.
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   3. (Zool.)
      (a) A naked fleshy, and usually wrinkled and highly
          colored, process of the skin hanging from the chin or
          throat of a bird or reptile.
      (b) Barbel of a fish.
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   4.
      (a) The astringent bark of several Australian trees of the
          genus Acacia, used in tanning; -- called also
          wattle bark.
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   5. Material consisting of wattled twigs, withes, etc., used
      for walls, fences, and the like. "The pailsade of wattle."
      --Frances Macnab.
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   6. (Bot.) In Australasia, any tree of the genus Acacia; --
      so called from the wattles, or hurdles, which the early
      settlers made of the long, pliable branches or of the
      split stems of the slender species. The bark of such trees
      is also called wattle. See also Savanna wattle, under
      Savanna.
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   Wattle turkey. (Zool.) Same as Brush turkey.
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