hutch

[huhch]
noun
1.
a pen or enclosed coop for small animals: rabbit hutch.
2.
a chest, cupboard, bin, etc., for storage.
3.
any of various chestlike cabinets, raised on legs and having doors or drawers in front, sometimes with open shelves above.
4.
a small cottage, hut, or cabin.
5.
a baker's kneading trough.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English hucche, variant of whucce, Old English hwicce chest; not akin to Old French huge, huche (ch form apparently by contamination with English word)


1. cage, enclosure, cote.
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hutch (hʌtʃ)
 
n
1.  a cage, usually of wood and wire mesh, for small animals
2.  informal, derogatory a small house
3.  a cart for carrying ore
4.  a trough, esp one used for kneading dough or (in mining) for washing ore
 
vb
5.  (tr) to store or keep in or as if in a hutch
 
[C14 hucche, from Old French huche, from Medieval Latin hutica, of obscure origin]

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hutch
c.1300, "storage chest" (also applied to the biblical "ark of God"), from O.Fr. huche, from M.L. hutica "chest," of uncertain origin. Sense of "cupboard for food or dishes" first recorded 1671; that of "box-like pen for an animal" is from 1607.
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Update an antique hutch or built-in buffet with a fresh coat of paint and a
  pretty fabric skirt.
Hutch and the others don't have conversations: they exchange large blocks of
  moralizing discourse.
Search boxes are located in each hutch and play an important role in searching
  procedures.
These two workstations are moved to whichever hutch is currently using the
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