a pile of rubble wigged in weeds

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Ahead, the fox disappeared beneath an arch of broken trees.
Jeanette hurried after, passing a pile of rubble wigged in weeds. It might once have been a small cabin or shed. Here moths covered the branches of the trees, their countless tan bodies pressed together so that they resembled strange barnacles.
Source: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King
Context: Jeanette is dreaming, or rather was transported to a new world that spun on with time.

Does wigged mean covered?

Words I looked up:
barnacles: spineless animals that look like small circular white rocks, apparently found at the bottom of boats.
wig: hairpiece covering the head.

Thank you.
  • Myridon

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    English - US
    I picture that the weeds are on top of the pile and you can see the sides of the pile in the same way that you can see the face of person's head wearing a wig.


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    British English
    I'm happy to cheer this metaphor from King. An excellent way of conjuring up an image. :thumbsup:

    PS. I quite like the "barnacles" too. :)
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