from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Bundles of hay or straw used to make a roof.
  • v. Present participle of thatch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or art of covering buildings with thatch; so as to keep out rain, snow, etc.
  • n. The materials used for this purpose; thatch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of applying thatch, as to a roof.
  • n. The fibrous material of which thatch is composed, as straw.


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  • The thatching is begun at the apex of the roof on boards and worked towards the bottom.

    Bunratty Castle, Ireland « Colleen Anderson

  • Where could one find a machine to tie or bind straws / reeds used for "thatching" roofs on heritage preserved buildings in Ireland.


  • Slough grass was used as thatching, sweetgrass and sage were burned in ceremonial rituals.

    Bird Cloud

  • Some were sent into the woods to cut timber for house-beams, others to cutting cane-grass for thatching, and forty of them lifted a whale-boat above their heads and carried it down to the sea.

    Chapter 3

  • She's petite, button-nosed, doe-eyed, with a boyish thatching of short hair flopped over her forehead.

    Inside the Vanity Fair Oscar party

  • It used to be a vital part of the woodland economy, coppiced to make baskets and hurdles, thatching spars and sticks, charcoal and fagots.

    A life less ordinary: Tobias Jones

  • Recently, we have witnessed a powerful custom to adorn one's sukkah with images of tragic dwelling places throughout our country and in the developing world: FEMA trailers, African huts of wood and thatching, flimsy tents, dilapidated shacks and even small cars that have become makeshift homes.

    Rabbi Aaron Alexander: Huts Of Joy, Homes Of Shelter

  • The event will include workshops with trades people on brick masonry, roof thatching, drywall work, surveying, woodworking and plastering; and children's activities.

    D.C. news in brief

  • £SDMr Barker for attendance on my Mother420To Mr Austin for mending clay, whitewashing, and work done to the well, and materials150Do — To straw and thatching two sheds at the Back of primises — 280Do — For well Curble 050____________700Or, properly speaking, for the House only3180I cannot in my conscience ask the widow of my Brother to pay Rent.

    Letter 295

  • Most go to make spars for thatching now that there is no call for wooden sheep hurdles.

    Country diary: Dorset


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