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1. A plaited, quilled, or goffered strip of lace, net, ribbon, or other material, used in place of collars or cuffs, and as a trimming for women's dresses and bonnets.

Alternative forms: rouche.

2. A pile of arched tiles, used to catch and retain oyster spawn.

Origin: F. Ruche ruche, beehive, OF. Rusche a beehive, which was formerly made of the bark of trees; cf. W. Rhisg, rhisgl, bark, gael. Rusg bark, rind.