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 lodge can accommodate up to 34 guests in its range of manor suites and thatched-roof cottages that face a tranquil river and brilliant red rocks where zebras roam. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "These African lodges lead the way in wildlife conservation," 9 Dec. 2019 Visit the Cliffs of Moher, chat with locals over a traditional Irish breakfast, and wander past thatched-roof homes lining cobblestoned streets. National Geographic, "Ireland Expedition: Discovering the Emerald Isle," 30 Sep. 2019 Visit the Cliffs of Moher, chat with locals over a traditional Irish breakfast, and wander past thatched-roof homes lining cobblestoned streets. National Geographic, "Ireland Expedition: Discovering the Emerald Isle," 30 Sep. 2019 Accommodations in the park include lodges, thatched chalets, and campsites. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "17 unforgettable African safaris," 14 June 2019 The museum was built in 1930 and is meant to mimic the colonial architecture — thatched roof cottages, wigwams, and more – of the 1600s. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Look at All the Places Where 'Hocus Pocus' Was Filmed 26 Years Ago," 24 June 2019 Visit the Cliffs of Moher, chat with locals over a traditional Irish breakfast, and wander past thatched-roof homes lining cobblestoned streets. National Geographic, "Ireland High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The problem was, most of that wasn’t thatch, just last season’s dead grass, mostly blades. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "How to make your lilacs bloom like crazy next summer," 20 June 2019 With an unruly thatch of curly, dark-brown hair, handsome features, and a permanently wry mien, the compactly built 42-year-old director cuts a boyish figure. Adam Green, Vogue, "Hamilton’s Thomas Kail Returns to His Improv Roots with Freestyle Love Supreme," 10 Sep. 2019 Moving through the village, north to south, soldiers doused houses in a flammable liquid and then set fire to the bamboo thatch, villagers said. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘We’ll Turn Your Village Into Soil’: Survivors Recount One of Myanmar’s Biggest Massacres," 11 May 2018 Across the glade a chorus of bleats drifts from a crumbling hut, shaped from thatch and earth. The Economist, "Housing microfinance can help poor people build better homes," 18 July 2019 Several nice lodges overlook the channel, where guests can watch baboons and waterbuck and African fish eagles from the decks of their thatch-roofed bandas. Tom Hanscom, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wildlife rebound in Uganda," 11 July 2019 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 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 Was this slight man with the white hair protruding from his head like a thatch, who peered through thick glasses, actually the audacious, outrageous Mr. Warhol? Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Elisabeth S. Schleussner, former Baltimore Sun art and architecture critic," 27 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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Last Updated

13 Dec 2019

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“Thatch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thatch. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for thatch

thatch

verb
How to pronounce thatch (audio)

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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