Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Word of the day: wattled

The word of the day is wattled:


  1. Often, wattles. a number of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs or tree branches for making fences, walls, etc.
  2. wattles, a number of poles laid on a roof to hold thatch
  1. adjective
  1. built or roofed with wattle or wattles.
"stakes interlaced with twigs and forming the framework of the wall of a building," O.E. watol "hurdle," in plural "twigs, thatching, tiles," related to weðel "bandage," of unknown origin. Surviving in wattle-and-daub "building material for huts, etc." (1808).

"In Chapter 4, titled "Yugao," Genji comes across a run-down house, the abode of a young woman he is about to seduce.  Waley describes the entrance like this; 'There was a wattled fence over which some ivy-like creeper spread its cool green leaves, and among the leaves were white flowers with petals half-unfolded like the lips of people smiling at their own thoughts.'"

 - Ian Buruma, "The Sensualist: What makes 'The Tale of Genji' so seductive", 20 July 2015 The New Yorker

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