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.