or cultch



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

Historical Examples of 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




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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