thatch

verb
\ ˈthach How to pronounce thatch (audio) \
thatched; thatching; thatches

Definition of thatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with thatch

thatch

noun

Definition of thatch (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a plant material (such as straw) used as a sheltering cover especially of a house
b : a sheltering cover (such as a house roof) made of such material
c : a mat of undecomposed plant material (such as grass clippings) accumulated next to the soil in a grassy area (such as a lawn)
2 : something likened to the thatch of a house especially : the hair of one's head

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Other Words from thatch

Verb

thatcher noun

Examples of thatch in a Sentence

Noun

Mice were living in the thatch of the roof. We ate lunch in the shade under the thatch of a beachfront restaurant. her thatch of dark brown hair
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The roof was made of a plaited reed mat, thatched with wheat stalks set aside from the autumn harvest. Lu Yang, The New Yorker, "Silver Tiger," 4 June 2017 Charlotte is immortalized in Kew Gardens with the pretty, thatched Queen Charlotte's Cottage. Joanna Pocock, latimes.com, "Romance is in the air at London's green spaces," 13 May 2018 The 57-year-old is one of a small remaining group of professional Dutch reed cutters, harvesting, cleaning and drying reed that is used to thatch houses. Peter Dejong, Fox News, "Chinese imports threaten ancient craft of Dutch reed cutters," 2 May 2018 Wanosato is a traditional inn of unusual charm, and offers simple accommodation in either the main house, or in two beautiful gassho-zukuri bungalows, which have thatched roofs covered in lichen. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "Cherry Blossoms and Beyond: Go on a Nature Meditation in Japan," 29 Apr. 2018 One soldier set fire to the family's thatched house while the others tossed grenades into the shelter. Fox News, "50 years ago, the My Lai massacre shamed the US military," 15 Mar. 2018 One soldier set fire to the family’s thatched house while the others tossed grenades into the shelter. Washington Post, "50 years ago, the My Lai massacre shamed the US military," 15 Mar. 2018 For example, participants may be asked to look at a video and press a button every five minutes, tasks thatch have no intrinsic meaning to them. Nicola Ballhausen, Scientific American, "Foresee and Forget: How to Remember the Future," 7 Mar. 2018 British roofs devolved from tile to thatch — perishable, flammable, insect-infested — and their floors reverted to plain earth. Helen Andrews, National Review, "Where Zimbabwe Went Wrong," 18 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From $120 Anegada Beach Club Anegada, British Virgin Islands The Anegada Beach Club—on the remote island of Anegada—has standard hotel rooms, but come for the thatch-roofed palapas that dot the beach. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "10 Amazing Glamping Spots in North America," 6 June 2019 And then, last April, India’s venerable Taj Hotels debuted a sumptuous resort with 50 stand-alone thatch roofed villas, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, at Radhanagar Beach, a swath of sugary sand that often tops rankings of Asia’s best beaches. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Ali Nesa has never known what’s wrong with her teenage daughter, who spends her days in the refugee camp lying on the floor of her family’s thatch hut, unable to talk, walk or eat on her own. Rishabh R. Jain, The Seattle Times, "Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business," 13 Nov. 2018 Winter can make a real mess of your lawn, so start in early spring by cleaning up all the debris scattered across the yard, including twigs, acorns, stones, branches, litter, thatch and dead leaves. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring," 22 Jan. 2019 Inside, a crowd of mostly women and children lay flat, peering through cracks in the thatch. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘We’ll Turn Your Village Into Soil’: Survivors Recount One of Myanmar’s Biggest Massacres," 11 May 2018 Ancient Mesopotamia reportedly built ice houses; in China, ice houses have been around since 1100 BC; in Japan, ice was stored in 10-foot deep holes and covered with thatch from the 4th century. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud-and-thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 Roadside markets are often made of sticks and thatch instead of bricks and tin. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of thatch

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for thatch

Verb

Middle English thecchen, from Old English theccan to cover; akin to Old High German decchen to cover, Latin tegere, Greek stegein to cover, stegos roof, Sanskrit sthagati he covers

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The first known use of thatch was in the 14th century

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thatch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (a roof) with dried plant material (called thatch)

thatch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thatch (Entry 2 of 2)

: dried plant material (such as straw or leaves) that is used to make the roof of a building
: a roof made of thatch : a thatched roof
: a thick mass of hair on a person's head

thatch

noun
\ ˈthach How to pronounce thatch (audio) \

Kids Definition of thatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a plant material (as straw) for use as roofing

thatch

verb
thatched; thatching

Kids Definition of thatch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (a roof) with straw or other plant material

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