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culch

[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.
Also, cultch.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; perhaps metathetic variant of clutch; but note Old French culche couch
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  • Shellfish growers have been busy preparing culch for seed set and transplanting oysters for fattening.
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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