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hull1

[huhl] /hʌl/
noun
1.
the husk, shell, or outer covering of a seed or fruit.
2.
the calyx of certain fruits, as the strawberry.
3.
any covering or envelope.
verb (used with object)
4.
to remove the hull of.
5.
Midland U.S. to shell (peas or beans).
Origin of hull1
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hulu husk, pod; akin to Old English helan to cover, hide, Latin cēlāre to hide, conceal, Greek kalýptein to cover up (see apocalypse). See hall, hell, hole
Related forms
huller, noun
Synonyms
1. skin, pod, peel, rind, shuck.

hull2

[huhl] /hʌl/
noun
1.
the hollow, lowermost portion of a ship, floating partially submerged and supporting the remainder of the ship.
2.
Aeronautics.
  1. the boatlike fuselage of a flying boat on which the plane lands or takes off.
  2. the cigar-shaped arrangement of girders enclosing the gasbag of a rigid dirigible.
verb (used with object)
3.
to pierce (the hull of a ship), especially below the water line.
verb (used without object)
4.
to drift without power or sails.
Idioms
5.
hull down, (of a ship) sufficiently far away, or below the horizon, that the hull is invisible.
6.
hull up, (of a ship) sufficiently near, or above the horizon, that the hull is visible.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; special use of hull1
Related forms
hull-less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hulled
Contemporary Examples
  • Top with any of the following · Mixed berry—8 ounces each, hulled strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

    Sweet Brits Lydia Brownlow April 3, 2011
Historical Examples
  • The corn is hulled and the germ cut out, so that there is only a pure white residue.

  • The other vessels then got the range, and hulled the Black Pearl with nearly every shot.

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • In it is hulled with wooden pestles, and frequently in measured time, the daily supply of rice.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • The brig had been hulled once, and two shots had passed through her sails.

    Held Fast For England G. A. Henty
  • All game brought in was divided; the Indians feasted on hulled corn, and presents were liberally distributed.

    Explorers and Travellers Adolphus W. Greely
  • Near Shabluka she was attacked by a dervish fort and hulled.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • They should be dried, preferably on the garret floor, hulled and stored in a cool, dry place.

  • After they have been gathered, the berries are first washed and then hulled by machinery.

    Our Little Porto Rican Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • "hulled in the leg and a damaged figger-head," said Joe, as he sat on the edge of the hero's bunk.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
British Dictionary definitions for hulled

hull

/hʌl/
noun
1.
the main body of a vessel, tank, flying boat, etc
2.
the shell or pod of peas or beans; the outer covering of any fruit or seed; husk
3.
the persistent calyx at the base of a strawberry, raspberry, or similar fruit
4.
the outer casing of a missile, rocket, etc
verb
5.
to remove the hulls from (fruit or seeds)
6.
(transitive) to pierce the hull of (a vessel, tank, etc)
Derived Forms
huller, noun
hull-less, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hulu; related to Old High German helawa, Old English helan to hide

Hull1

/hʌl/
noun
1.
a city and port in NE England, in Kingston upon Hull unitary authority, East Riding of Yorkshire: fishing, food processing; two universities. Pop: 301 416 (2001). Official name: Kingston upon Hull
2.
a city in SE Canada, in SW Quebec on the River Ottawa: a centre of the timber trade and associated industries. Pop: 66 246 (2001)

Hull2

/hʌl/
noun
1.
Cordell. 1871–1955, US statesman; secretary of state (1933–44). He helped to found the U.N.: Nobel peace prize 1945
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Word Origin and History for hulled

hull

n.

"seed covering," from Old English hulu "husk, pod," from Proto-Germanic *hulus "to cover" (cf. Old High German hulla, hulsa; German Hülle, Hülse, Dutch huls). Figurative use by 1831.

"body of a ship," 1550s, perhaps from hull (n.1) on fancied resemblance of ship keels to open peapods (cf. Latin carina "keel of a ship," originally "shell of a nut;" Greek phaselus "light passenger ship, yacht," literally "bean pod;" French coque "hull of a ship; shell of a walnut or egg"). Alternative etymology is from Middle English hoole "ship's keel" (mid-15c.), from the same source as hold (n.).

v.

"to remove the husk of," early 15c., from hull (n.1). Related: Hulled, which can mean both "having a particular kind of hull" and "stripped of the hull."

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hulled in Science
hull
  (hŭl)   
  1. The dry outer covering of a fruit, seed, or nut; a husk.

  2. The enlarged calyx of a fruit, such as a strawberry, that is usually green and easily detached.


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