noun (1)
wat·​tle | \ˈwä-tᵊl \

Definition of wattle 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a fabrication of poles interwoven with slender branches, withes, or reeds and used especially formerly in building

b : material for such construction

c wattles plural : poles laid on a roof to support thatch

2 Australia : acacia sense 2


wattled; wattling\ˈwät-​liŋ, ˈwä-​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of wattle (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to form or build of or with wattle

2a : to form into wattle : interlace to form wattle

b : to unite or make solid by interweaving light flexible material


noun (2)

Definition of wattle (Entry 3 of 3)

: a fleshy pendulous process usually about the head or neck (as of a bird)

Other Words from wattle

Noun (1)

wattled \ˈwä-​tᵊld \ adjective

First Known Use of wattle

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1513, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wattle

Noun (1)

Middle English wattel, from Old English watel; akin to Old High German wadal bandage

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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wat·​tle | \ˈwä-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of wattle

: a fleshy flap of skin that hangs usually from the neck (as of a bird)


wat·​tle | \ˈwät-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of wattle 

: a fleshy process that hangs usually from the head or neck (as of a bird)

Other Words from wattle

wattled \-​ᵊld \ adjective

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