thatch definition by Webster's New World
- a roof or roofing of straw, rushes, palm leaves, etc.
- material for such a roof
- any of a number of palms whose leaves are used for thatchalso thatch palm
- anything suggestive of thatch on a roof as
- the hair growing on the head
- a matted layer of partly decayed leaves, stems, etc. between growing vegetation and the soil
Origin: altered (based on the verb ) ; from older thack ; from Middle English thac ; from Old English thæc, a thatch, roof: for base see thatchthe
- to cover with or as with thatch
Origin: ME thecchen < OE thecc(e)an, akin to Ger decken, to cover < IE base *(s)teg-, to cover > Gr stegos, roof, L tegere, to cover
thatch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Plant stalks or foliage, such as reeds or palm fronds, used for roofing.
- Something, such as a thick growth of hair on the head, that resembles thatch.
- Dead turf, as on a lawn.
Origin: Middle English thacche, alteration (influenced by thecchen, thacchen, to thatch, from Old English theccan, to cover) of thak, from Old English thǽc; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.
- thatchˈer noun
- thatchˈy adjective