ETYM AS. watel, watul, watol, hurdle, covering, wattle; cf. Old Eng. watel a bag. Related to Wallet.
Certain species of acacia in Australia, where their fluffy golden flowers are the national emblem. The leathery leaves, adapted to drought conditions, further avoid loss of water through transpiration by turning their edges to the direct rays of the sun. Wattles are used for tanning and in fencing.
1. A fleshy wrinkled and often brightly colored fold of skin hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds (chickens and turkeys) or lizards; SYN. lappet.
2. Stakes interwoven with branches to form a fence.