: a fleshy pendulous process usually about the head or neck (as of a bird)
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Add black beads for eyes, along with a paper beak and wattle.—Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 29 Sep. 2023 Sydney was awash in green and gold, and the wave of wattle is looking to wash over the rest of the country in the coming weeks.—Rachel Yabsley, Vogue, 1 Aug. 2023 Byrne used this information to conclude that wattle was being used as firewood even 50,000 years ago.—Nora McGreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2022 Symptoms in infected birds include neurological symptoms, fatigue, swollen comb or wattles, difficulty walking, nasal discharge and decreased egg production.—Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2023 Signs of the disease include sudden death; respiratory distress; clear discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth; lethargy; disinterest in food or water; swelling of the eyes, head, wattles or combs; a discolored or bruised comb, wattle or legs; and stumbling or falling.—Susanne Ruststaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2022 The beauty of the virtual chicken is that the researchers could test the female’s reaction to a rooster with a wattle and without one, and watch her responses to wattles of varying size and flexibility—all by altering the appendage digitally.—Kate Wong, Scientific American, 21 Jan. 2014 Sprigs of wattle have been used to represent Australia for decades, notably decorating the colonial-era Commonwealth Coat of Arms.—Nora McGreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2022 The emblems — including the Canadian maple leaf, Australian wattle and the New Zealand fern — were also embroidered onto the dress in color, a first for a coronation dress and a direct request from Her Majesty.—Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, 1 June 2022 See More
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Middle English wattel, from Old English watel; akin to Old High German wadal bandage
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a