thatch

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Variant of thack, from Old English þæc (roof-covering), from Proto-Germanic *þaką (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).

Noun[edit]

thatch (countable and uncountable, plural thatches)

  1. Straw, rushes, or the like, used for making or covering the roofs of buildings, or of stacks of hay or grain.
  2. A name in the West Indies for several kinds of palm, the leaves of which are used for thatching.
  3. A buildup of cut grass, stolons or other material on the soil in a lawn.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (Straw for covering roofs or stacks): haulm
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English þeċċean, from Proto-Germanic *þakjaną. Cognate with West Frisian dekke, Dutch dekken, German decken, Danish tække, Swedish täcka.

Verb[edit]

thatch (third-person singular simple present thatches, present participle thatching, simple past and past participle thatched)

  1. To cover the roof with straw, reed, leaves, etc.
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