• Wattle

  1. (n.) Material consisting of wattled twigs, withes, etc., used for walls, fences, and the like.
  2. (n.) 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.
  3. (v. t.) To form, by interweaving or platting twigs.
  4. (n.) A rod laid on a roof to support the thatch.
  5. (n.) The trees from which the bark is obtained. See Savanna wattle, under Savanna.
  6. (n.) The astringent bark of several Australian trees of the genus Acacia, used in tanning; -- called also wattle bark.
  7. (n.) A twig or flexible rod; hence, a hurdle made of such rods.
  8. (v. t.) To twist or interweave, one with another, as twigs; to form a network with; to plat; as, to wattle branches.
  9. (v. t.) To bind with twigs.
  10. (n.) A naked fleshy, and usually wrinkled and highly colored, process of the skin hanging from the chin or throat of a bird or reptile.
  11. (n.) Barbel of a fish.


• Wattlebird

  1. (n.) The Australian brush turkey.
  2. (n.) Any one of several species of honey eaters belonging to Anthochaera and allied genera of the family Meliphagidae. These birds usually have a large and conspicuous wattle of naked skin hanging down below each ear. They are natives of Australia and adjacent islands.