1350-1400;Middle Englishthecchyng. See thatch, ing1
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 Englishthacchen, variant (with a from thak > dial. thack) of thecchen,Old Englishtheccan to cover, hide; cognate with Dutchdekken (see deck), Germandecken,Old Norsethekja; (noun) Middle Englishthacche, variant (with ch from the v.) of thak
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").