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thatch

[thach] /θætʃ/
noun
1.
Also, thatching. a material, as straw, rushes, leaves, or the like, used to cover roofs, grain stacks, etc.
2.
a covering of such a material.
3.
the leaves of various palms that are used for thatching.
4.
something resembling thatch on a roof, especially thick hair covering the head:
a thatch of unruly red hair.
5.
Horticulture. a tightly bound layer of dead grass, including leaves, stems, and roots, that builds up on the soil surface at the base of the living grass of a lawn.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cover with or as if with thatch.
7.
Horticulture. to remove thatch from (a lawn); dethatch.
Origin
900
before 900; (v.) Middle English thacchen, variant (with a from thak > dial. thack) of thecchen, Old English theccan to cover, hide; cognate with Dutch dekken (see deck), German decken, Old Norse thekja; (noun) Middle English thacche, variant (with ch from the v.) of thak
Related forms
thatchless, adjective
thatchy, adjective
rethatch, verb (used with object)
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Examples for thatched
  • The laid-back hideout has eight ocean-view thatched-roof bungalows and two suites.
  • But the walls are made of mud and wattle, usually there's a thatched roof, and the floor is a mixture of dung and clay.
  • Stone houses and other quarters were thatched and provided shelter.
  • Goats and cows are tended by families who live in thatched huts.
  • The building appears unchanged: whitewashed walls, thatched roof.
  • Littleneck clams come hidden under a thatched roof of shoestring fries-parsnip, not potato.
  • Paloma had a big house with a thatched roof on the edge of town, steps from the ocean.
  • The thatched cottage where one is merry is preferable to a palace where one weeps.
  • The thatched roofs they had so counted upon seeing were few and far between.
  • There were several houses with whitewashed walls, stone floors, and tiled or thatched roofs.
British Dictionary definitions for thatched

thatch

/θætʃ/
noun
1.
  1. Also called thatching. a roofing material that consists of straw, reed, etc
  2. a roof made of such a material
2.
anything resembling this, such as the hair of the head
3.
Also called thatch palm. any of various palms with leaves suitable for thatching
verb
4.
to cover (a roof) with thatch
Derived Forms
thatcher, noun
thatchless, adjective
thatchy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English theccan to cover; related to thæc roof, Old Saxon thekkian to thatch, Old High German decchen, Old Norse thekja
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Word Origin and History for thatched
thatch
O.E. þeccan "to cover," related to þæc "roof, thatching material," from P.Gmc. *thakan (cf. O.S. thekkian, O.N. þekja, O.Fris. thekka, M.Du. decken, O.H.G. decchen, Ger. "to cover"), from PIE *(s)tog-/*(s)teg- "cover" (see stegosaurus). The noun is O.E. þæc "roof, thatch," from the verb (cf. O.N. þak, O.Fris. thek, M.Du. dak "roof," O.H.G. dah, Ger. Dach "roof").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for thatched

thatch

noun

Pubic hair: love to get under her thatch (1933+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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