culch

or cultch

[ kuhlch ]
/ kʌltʃ /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for cultch (1 of 2)

cultch

/ (kʌltʃ) /

noun

a variant spelling of culch

British Dictionary definitions for cultch (2 of 2)

culch

cultch

/ (kʌltʃ) /

noun

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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