or cultch

[ kuhlch ]
/ kʌltʃ /


the stones, old shells, etc., forming an oyster bed and furnishing points of attachment for the spawn of oysters.
the spawn of oysters.
Also sculch, scultch. Eastern New England. rubbish; refuse.

verb (used with object)

to prepare (an oyster bed) with culch.

Origin of culch

1660–70; perhaps metathetic variant of clutch2; but note Old French culche couch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for culch

  • 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



/ (kʌltʃ) /


a mass of broken stones, shells, and gravel that forms the basis of an oyster bed
the oyster spawn attached to such a structure
dialect refuse; rubbish

Word Origin for culch

C17: perhaps ultimately from Old French culche bed, couch
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