from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Plant stalks or foliage, such as reeds or palm fronds, used for roofing.
  • n. Something, such as a thick growth of hair on the head, that resembles thatch.
  • n. Dead turf, as on a lawn.
  • transitive v. To cover with or as if with thatch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Straw, rushes, or the like, used for making or covering the roofs of buildings, or of stacks of hay or grain.
  • n. A name in the West Indies for several kinds of palm, the leaves of which are used for thatching.
  • n. A buildup of cut grass, stolons or other material on the soil in a lawn.
  • v. To cover the roof with straw, reed, leaves, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Straw, rushes, or the like, used for making or covering the roofs of buildings, or of stacks of hay or grain.
  • n. A name in the West Indies for several kinds of palm, the leaves of which are used for thatching.
  • transitive v. To cover with, or with a roof of, straw, reeds, or some similar substance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with or as with thatch.
  • To thatch houses.
  • n. The covering of a roof or the like, made of straw or rushes, and in tropical countries of cocoanut-leaves and other long and thick-growing palmleaves.
  • n. One of the palms Calyptrogyne Swartzii and Copernicia tectorum, whose leaves are used in thatching. See also specific names below, and thatch-palm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718)
  • v. cover with thatch
  • n. plant stalks used as roofing material
  • n. a house roof made with a plant material (as straw)
  • n. hair resembling thatched roofing material


Middle English thacche, alteration (influenced by thecchen, thacchen, to thatch, from Old English theccan, to cover) of thak, from Old English thæc.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant of thack, from Old English þæc ("roof-covering"), from Proto-Germanic *þakan (“covering”), from (o-grade of) Proto-Indo-European *teg- (“cover”). Cognate with Dutch dak, German Dach, Swedish tak, Danish tag; and with Latin toga, Albanian thak ("awn, beard, pin, peg, tassel, fringe"), Lithuanian stogas ("roof"). (Wiktionary)
From Old English þeċċean, from Proto-Germanic *þakjanan. Cognate with West Frisian dekke, Dutch dekken, German decken, Danish tække, Swedish täcka. (Wiktionary)


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  • "Aren't fizzles -- that is what you called the thatch over her eyebrows; isn't it?

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  • To his horror he saw that the thatch was aflame, the rotten pillars were catching fire one by one, and the rafters were burning like tinder.

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  • It was a painful operation, for his thatch was a stubborn mat of crisp waves and knotty tangles to his plumy tail and down to his feathered toes.

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  • The walls were made thick, rough, and strong; the interstices were matted and daubed with clay from the bed of the rivulet; the thatch was a sedge obtained from the lake; and the floor of earth was strewed with the leaves of the sweet-smelling rhododendron.

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  • However it is worth remembering that owning a thatched real estate has its own disadvantages, the value of replacing the thatch should be a concern although not a major one, these project costs are often exaggerated.

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  • Buildings were made of stone, including the roofs, for any other material, such as thatch, would have long ago burned away.

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