• WordNet 3.6
    • v thatch cover with thatch "thatch the roofs"
    • n thatch a house roof made with a plant material (as straw)
    • n thatch hair resembling thatched roofing material
    • n Thatch an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718)
    • n thatch plant stalks used as roofing material
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A thatched cottage and garden A thatched cottage and garden

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thatch (Bot) A name in the West Indies for several kinds of palm, the leaves of which are used for thatching.
    • Thatch Straw, rushes, or the like, used for making or covering the roofs of buildings, or of stacks of hay or grain.
    • v. t Thatch To cover with, or with a roof of, straw, reeds, or some similar substance; as, to thatch a roof, a stable, or a stack of grain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thatch To cover with or as with thatch.
    • thatch To thatch houses.
    • n thatch 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. The material is laid upon the roof to the thickness of a foot or more in such manner that the fibers run in the direction which the rain-water should take, and are held in place by cords which secure the upper part of each bundle, or in some similar manner. Long strips of wood loaded with stones are also used to keep thatch in place, and to resist the action of wind.
    • n thatch One of the palms Calyptrogyne Swartzii and Copernicia tectorum, whose leaves are used in thatching. See also specific names below, and thatch-palm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Thatch thach to cover, as a roof, with straw, reeds, &c
    • n Thatch straw, &c., used to cover the roofs of buildings and stacks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thak, AS. þæc, a roof; akin to þeccean, to cover, D. dak, a roof, dekken, to cover, G. dach, a roof, decken, 8cover, Icel. þak, a roof, Sw. tak, Dan. tag, Lith. stōgas, Ir. teagh, a house, Gael. teach, tigh, W. ty, L. tegere, to cover, toga, a toga, Gr. , , a roof, to cover, Skr. sthag,. Cf. Deck Integument Tile Toga


In literature:

The markets consisted of thatched huts and sheds, and were well supplied with the products of the country.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty
It's for all the world like a big bamboo barn, thatched with leaves.
"Middy and Ensign" by G. Manville Fenn
They were built of reeds thatched with palm, and consisted of but one room.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
The roof was thatched, as it had been originally.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
I know snakes do climb trees, but what could a snake be doing up here in the thatch?
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
There are only one or two small wooden houses visible, and three thatched cottages.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
The hay had been gathered and stacked, and the stacks thatched; and still Roger lived on at Steens unmolested.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The low jungle had been cleared, and we saw screens and houses of green thatch and palm leaves.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
In the fore-part was a thatched shed, on either side of which sat four natives paddling.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
On the shore a large number of houses covered with thatch and many people were seen.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

In poetry:

The dark-leaved ivy dressed its walls,
Houseleek adorned the thatch;
The door was standing open wide,--
They had no need of latch.
"The Old Bachelor's Story" by John Hartley
And it's oh, to have the little farm
Under the golden thatch so bright,
And the little boys safe home from harm
Shut in with me at night!
"The Mother of Three" by Katharine Tynan
In that cot, so lone and lowly,
(Childhood's hand might reach the thatch),
God was felt, and o'er the dwellers
Angel eyes kept loving watch.
"The Lowly Song of A Lowly Bard" by Janet Hamilton
Our heads with frosted locks are white,
Our roofs are thatched with snow,
But red, in chilling winter's spite,
Our hearts and hearthstones glow.
"The Lyre Of Anacreon" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
From where I sate I still could watch
The old oak pews, the altar white.
Gable and oasthouse, tile and thatch,
Smiled softly in the sunset light.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
A small thatched cottage, moss grown old,
A low-browed, weather-beaten door,
Two windows small, that dimly light
The dusky walls and earthen floor.
"Pictures of Memory" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

But nothing is quite like thatch.
All the camps offer self-contained, two-bedroom, thatched bundalows for $35 a night for four people.
Well, they along with two of their Drughorse brethren will be rocking the pub's thatched roof yet again this Friday.
Lunch isn't for wimps: The Thatch Inn, Main Street, Broughshane.
The Thatch Inn Bar, Broughshane.
Thatch , new lawn, bamboo.
Reduce the thatch layer in your grass.
Ryan, Chris, and Thatch during a road trip exploiting.
Amanda Thatch , 90, died Aug 20, 2008, at the Golden Living Center in New Madrid.
Or, to be precise, three floating, palm- thatched cottages on a bend of the Juma River, 50 miles south of Manaus.
The 20-year-old son of Thatching sired 22 stakes winners.
The menu changes daily at this thatched-roof joint, decorated with sculptures and paintings by local More.
Two of the four villas to be built next at Give Kids the World consist of a duplex designed to resemble an old, thatched-roof structure.
Bartender Shad Myers doesn't just listen to the troubles that tourists and locals bring into his thatch-roofed bar -- he sets out to fix them himself, no matter the risk.
Raking out the thatch is a good winter workout – when it's not raining.

In science:

In the right panel, we also indicate the field elliptical SN Ia rate at z = 0, as determined by Mannucci et al. (2008) as the thatched box.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution