culch

[kuhlch]
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:
1660–70; perhaps metathetic variant of clutch; but note Old French culche couch

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culch or cultch (kʌltʃ)
 
n
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
 
[C17: perhaps ultimately from Old French culche bed, couch]
 
cultch or cultch
 
n
 
[C17: perhaps ultimately from Old French culche bed, couch]

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Shellfish growers have been busy preparing culch for seed set and transplanting oysters for fattening.
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