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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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 This shelter can be thatched with grass or mats, or it can be buried with a thick coat of leaf litter. Popular Science, "Fifteen survival shelters that can save your life," 28 May 2020 Their eyelids are thatched with the loveliest lashes God ever loomed. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Téa Obreht’s ‘Inland’ is a magical Western you’ll want to savor with a tall glass of water," 12 Aug. 2019 The entrance usually faced the sea, the roof was thatched, and walls and floors were made from split bamboo that allowed breezes to move freely in and out. Scientific American, "How Disaster Aid Ravaged an Island People," 25 Mar. 2020 Even their houses are often made of cross-thatched bamboo. National Geographic, "For this village in India, sustainability is rooted in tradition," 22 Jan. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eventually, Seither’s turned its parking lot into something like a beachfront boil, with torches and thatch and even local musicians playing on the back of a trailer. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "50 dishes to tell the stories of 2020 and try in 2021 (yes, there’s lots of takeout)," 28 Dec. 2020 Not only our forests, but rangelands, savannas, and sloughs were enhanced by periodic burns that removed dense thatch and promoted a mosaic of vegetation. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "Aldo Leopold’s 5 Essentials for Wildlife and Habitat Management," 17 Sep. 2020 The thatch of dark, glossy hair on the top of his head had gone untouched since mid-March. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Chase Strangio’s Victories for Transgender Rights," 12 Oct. 2020 Numerous local news media published images of a thatch-roof, open-sided seaside church, Maria Star of the Sea just north of Cancun, collapsed by the storm. Fox News, "Tropical Storm Gamma meanders off Mexico, bringing flooding and storm surge," 4 Oct. 2020 Researchers think the difference could be because the village homes were palm thatch structures with dirt floors, enabling more exposure to microbes from outdoors. Washington Post, "Tiny bacteria impact our health in big ways," 22 Sep. 2020 In smaller lawns, this can be done by raking out the thatch and incorporating compost or other soil amendments into the soil surface. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "It’s lawn-fixing season. Here’s how to do it.," 26 Aug. 2020 The goal is not to replace glass skyscrapers with thatch huts, but to see vernacular as the future, like Wright did, rather than abandoning it to the past. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "Why Every City Feels the Same Now," 24 Aug. 2020 These caterpillars set up homes in silken tunnels built in the thatch of the grass. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston area residents dealing with pesky sod webworms—again," 22 Aug. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thatch. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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