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culch

or cultch

[kuhlch]
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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to prepare (an oyster bed) with culch.
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Origin of culch

1660–70; perhaps metathetic variant of clutch2; but note Old French culche couch
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Historical Examples

  • 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

cultch

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
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps ultimately from Old French culche bed, couch
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