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2 [ouch] Archaic.
noun
1.
a clasp, buckle, or brooch, especially one worn for ornament.
2.
the setting of a precious stone.
verb (used with object)
3.
to adorn with or as if with ouches.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English ouche (noun), for nouche (the phrase a nouche taken as an ouche; cf. apron) < Old French noscheGermanic

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ouch1 (aʊtʃ)
 
interj
an exclamation of sharp sudden pain

ouch2 (aʊtʃ)
 
n
1.  a brooch or clasp set with gems
2.  the setting of a gem
 
[C15 an ouch, mistaken division of C14 a nouche, from Old French nouche, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German nusca buckle]

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ouch
1837, from Pennsylvania German outch, cry of pain, from Ger. autsch. The Japanese word is itai. Latin used au, hau.
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Ouches definition


an Old English word denoting cavities or sockets in which gems were set (Ex. 28:11).

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