1350–1400; Middle English thecchyng. See thatch, ing1 Unabridged


Also, thatching. a material, as straw, rushes, leaves, or the like, used to cover roofs, grain stacks, etc.
a covering of such a material.
the leaves of various palms that are used for thatching.
something resembling thatch on a roof, especially thick hair covering the head: a thatch of unruly red hair.
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)
to cover with or as if with thatch.
Horticulture. to remove thatch from (a lawn); dethatch.

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

thatchless, adjective
thatchy, adjective
rethatch, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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thatch (θætʃ)
1.  a.  Also called: thatching a roofing material that consists of straw, reed, etc
 b.  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
4.  to cover (a roof) with thatch
[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 & History

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").
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Example sentences
Well, this thatching of hovels is the custom of the country.
The art of poetry is likened to other arts, including thatching and smithery.
Completion of the thatching is scheduled for spring.
Several thick log beams covered with smaller branches, juniper bark and mud
  thatching formed the roof.
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