variants or less commonly culch
: material (such as oyster shells) laid down on oyster grounds to furnish points of attachment for the spat
chiefly New England : clutter, trash

Examples of cultch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the hatchery's case, this is recycled oyster shell, either whole or ground up into a sand-like texture called cultch. Julia Rentsch,, 18 Aug. 2019

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Word History


perhaps from a French dialect form of French couche couch

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cultch was in 1667

Dictionary Entries Near cultch

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“Cultch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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