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wattle and daub

  1. Also wattle and dab. a building technique employing wattles plastered with clay and mud.
  2. a form of wall construction consisting of upright posts or stakes interwoven with twigs or tree branches and plastered with a mixture of clay and straw.
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Origin of wattle and daub

First recorded in 1800–10
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Historical Examples of wattle and daub

  • In the early period there were wood and wattle-and-daub houses.

    The Towns of Roman Britain

    James Oliver Bevan

  • Beyond it there lay amid the trees the wattle-and-daub hut of a laborer, the door open, and the single room exposed to the view.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The original little "wattle-and-daub" cottage, with its windows half hidden under creepers, was gone.

  • The end walls were closed with wooden studs and wattle-and-daub filling.

  • In the round hut, which was made with branches and wattle-and-daub, stick nests were united to the plaster work of rock martins.

British Dictionary definitions for wattle and daub

wattle and daub

    1. a form of wall construction consisting of interwoven twigs plastered with a mixture of clay, lime, water, and sometimes dung and chopped straw
    2. (as modifier)a wattle-and-daub hut
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