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culch

or cultch

[kuhlch] /kʌltʃ/
noun
1.
the stones, old shells, etc., forming an oyster bed and furnishing points of attachment for the spawn of oysters.
2.
the spawn of oysters.
3.
Also, sculch, scultch. Eastern New England. rubbish; refuse.
verb (used with object)
4.
to prepare (an oyster bed) with culch.
Origin of culch
1660-1670
1660-70; perhaps metathetic variant of clutch; but note Old French culche couch
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  • A sort of pavement of culch, on the mud of estuaries, for forming a bed for oysters.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for culch

culch

/kʌltʃ/
noun
1.
a mass of broken stones, shells, and gravel that forms the basis of an oyster bed
2.
the oyster spawn attached to such a structure
3.
(dialect) refuse; rubbish
Word Origin
C17: perhaps ultimately from Old French culche bed, couch
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