Origin of thatching
- 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.
- to cover with or as if with thatch.
- Horticulture. to remove thatch from (a lawn); dethatch.
Origin of thatch
Examples from the Web for thatching
In the stack-yard, behind the lengthy range of stables, two men were thatching.Bob, Son of Battle
They have a quaint device of thatching in Devon, quoth Jack Straw.Long Will
The leaves are used mainly for thatching, but also for bags, hats, and handicrafts.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan
John U. Wolff
In winter such a thatching If covered with snow supplies a warm shelter.Touring Afoot
Claude Powell Fordyce
I be a thatcher, and thatching to-the-truth-of-music is about done for.Thomas Hardy's Dorset
Robert Thurston Hopkins
- Also called: thatchinga roofing material that consists of straw, reed, etc
- a roof made of such a material
- anything resembling this, such as the hair of the head
- Also called: thatch palm any of various palms with leaves suitable for thatching
- to cover (a roof) with thatch
Word Origin and History for thatching
Old English þeccan "to cover," related to þæc "roof, thatching material," from Proto-Germanic *thakan (cf. Old Saxon thekkian, Old Norse þekja, Old Frisian thekka, Middle Dutch decken, Old High German decchen, German decken "to cover"), from PIE *(s)tog-/*(s)teg- "cover" (see stegosaurus).
Old English þæc "roof, thatch," from the source of thatch (v.). Cf. Old Norse þak, Old Frisian thek, Middle Dutch dak "roof," Old High German dah, German Dach "roof."