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thatch

verb \ ˈthach \

Definition of thatch

transitive verb
:to cover with or as if with thatch

thatcher

noun

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Origin and Etymology of thatch

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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thatch

noun

Definition of thatch

1 a :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

Examples of thatch in a Sentence

  1. Mice were living in the thatch of the roof.

  2. We ate lunch in the shade under the thatch of a beachfront restaurant.

  3. her thatch of dark brown hair

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First Known Use of thatch

14th century

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THATCH Defined for English Language Learners

thatch

verb

Definition of thatch for English Language Learners

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


thatch

noun

Definition of thatch for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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thatch

noun \ ˈthach \

Definition of thatch for Students

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

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thatch

verb

Definition of thatch for Students

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


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