from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A natural bed for oysters, consisting of gravel or crushed shells to which the oyster spawn may adhere.
- n. The spawn of the oyster.
- n. New England Clean trash or rubbish, such as string, paper, and cloth: "We always had a culch box around” ( New Hampshire informant in DARE).
- n. A person or thing not highly regarded.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The rocks, crushed shells, and other sea detritus that create an oyster bed, where oyster spawn can attach themselves.
- n. The accumulation of small household items of little value. (New England expression.)
- v. To prepare an oyster bed with such (culch) attachments.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Rubbish; lumber; stuff.
- To apply (cultch) to (an oyster-bed). See culching.
Perhaps ultimately from Old French culche, couch; see couch.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)