thatch

verb
\ ˈthach \
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

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

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 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 Briggs, wearing a sports jacket, checkered dress shirt and tie, a thatch of white hair falling fashionably across his forehead, sat behind a small table at the stand as shoppers hustled by on June 5. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Ross H. Briggs, lawyer opens 'office' on the floor of Harlem Irving Plaza," 6 June 2018 The 12-day trip ended at Escandón, Mexico, in a green and unfamiliar land of jaguars, palm thatch huts and dark, Spanish-speaking natives. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Old American colony in Mexico clings to its past," 18 May 2018 Five years ago, goats were used in the same canyon for a coastal sage scrub restoration project to help eat up thatch in steep and rocky areas. Jessica Peralta, latimes.com, "Working goats help maintain Orange County open spaces and lessen fire danger," 22 Mar. 2018 The waves ate into one tourist beach, pulling hunks of it away and toppling thatch umbrellas cemented into the sand. Fox News, "Powerful cyclone lashes into Arabian Peninsula, killing at least 3," 26 May 2018 Gone are the lights of the little thatch-roofed bohios high on the hill to the north. Anthony Doerr, Town & Country, "True Confessions of a Travel Control Freak," 25 May 2018 In the South Luangwa in Zambia, Time + Tide’s Mchenja and Chinzombo camps use renewable energy from solar panels, a rainwater filtration system, and were built using renewable materials like grass, thatch, and recycled composite. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "7 Ways to Make Your Travel More Sustainable," 19 Apr. 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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More Definitions for thatch

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 \

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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