Dictionary » W » Wattles



1. A twig or flexible rod; hence, a hurdle made of such rods. And there he built with wattles from the marsh A little lonely church in days of yore. (Tennyson)

2. A rod laid on a roof to support the thatch.

3. (Science: zoology) A naked fleshy, and usually wrinkled and highly coloured, process of the skin hanging from the chin or throat of a bird or reptile. Barbel of a fish.

4. The astringent bark of several Australian trees of the genus acacia, used in tanning.

Synonym: wattle bark.

(Science: botany) The trees from which the bark is obtained. See savanna wattle, under Savanna. Wattle turkey.

(Science: zoology) same as brush turkey.

Origin: AS. Watel, watul, watol, hurdle, covering, wattle; cf. OE. Watel a bag. Cf. Wallet.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

Results from our forum

Why do you keep talking about species

... Class: Polyplacophora Chitons Kingdon: Plantae Phylum: Magnoliophyta Flowering Plants Order: Casuarinales Casuarinas and She-Oaks Order: Fabales Wattles, Peas and Cassias Order: Gentianales Gentians and relatives Order: Malvales Kurrajong, Boabs, Hibiscus and relatives Order: Myrtales Gum Trees, ...

See entire post
by gamila
Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Why do you keep talking about species
Replies: 23
Views: 50264

communication yes, but...

... But it is not to be taken for a proof of intelligence or anything like that. The only example I can give you is about some trees in Africa (wattles?) that release a chemical substance when their leafs are eaten. The warning molecule goes away in the wind to other trees and starts the synthesis ...

See entire post
by nicombo
Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:55 pm
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: plants with human like qualities
Replies: 6
Views: 4577

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 1,745 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link