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Catechu \Cat"e*chu\, n. [See Cashoo.] (Chem.) A dry, brown, astringent extract, obtained by decoction and evaporation from the Acacia catechu, and several other plants growing in India. It contains a large portion of tannin or tannic acid, and is used in medicine and in the arts. It is also known by the names terra japonica, cutch, gambier, etc.


Cultch \Cultch\ (k?lch; 224), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] Empty oyster shells and other substances laid down on oyster grounds to furnish points for the attachment of the spawn of the oyster. [Also written cutch.]

2. Young or seed oysters together with the shells and other objects to which they are usually attached.

3. Rubbish; d['e]bris; refuse.


n. 1 (context nautical English) a preservative, made from catechu gum boiled in water, used to prolong the life of a sail 2 (alternative form of cultch English)


n. tannin extract derived from any of several mangrove barks of Pacific areas [syn: kutch]


Cutch may refer to:

  • Andrew McCutchen, a professional baseball outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Cutch State, a princely state of British India
  • Cutch Agency, a political agency of British India
  • Kutch, a district of Gujarat, India
  • Catechu, an extract of Acacia

Usage examples of "cutch".

Her hull rode high in the water, and the shadows of her cutched sails swept fleetly over the workmen squatting on quays or thrumming up the planks to the storehouses, humping barrels of Icelandic cod or sacks of English wool.

This method is more particularly applicable to such dye-stuffs as camwood, cutch, logwood, madder, fustic, etc.