culch

culch

or cultch  (kŭlch)
n.
1. A natural bed for oysters, consisting of gravel or crushed shells to which the oyster spawn may adhere.
2. The spawn of the oyster.
3. New England Clean trash or rubbish, such as string, paper, and cloth: "We always had a culch box around" (New Hampshire informant in DARE).
4. A person or thing not highly regarded.

[Perhaps ultimately from Old French culche, couch; see couch.]

culch

(kʌltʃ) or

cultch

n
1. (Zoology) a mass of broken stones, shells, and gravel that forms the basis of an oyster bed
2. (Zoology) the oyster spawn attached to such a structure
3. dialect refuse; rubbish
[C17: perhaps ultimately from Old French culche bed, couch]

culch

- Rubbish or refuse, or meat scraps.
See also related terms for rubbish.
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