- bithecche (obsolete)
From Middle English bithecchen, from Old English beþeċċan (“to cover; protect; cover over; conceal”), from Proto-Germanic *biþakjaną, equivalent to be- + thatch. Cognate with Dutch bedekken (“to cover”), German bedecken (“to cover”). More at its doublet bedeck.
- (transitive) To cover; cover over; bedeck.
- 1996, Kerry Segrave, Baldness: a social history:
- Baldies did not like their condition: "Witness their frantic efforts to keep among the ranks of the bethatched. [...]"
- (transitive) To cover with thatch; thatch.
- 1865, Richard Francis Burton (sir.), Stone talk:
- Part it behind, like terrier's back, Bethatch the front like wheaten stack, [...]
- 1969, Henry Robinson Luce, Gordon Parks, Life:
- Both are coolly intense, well bethatched, bell-bottomed and bespectacled.