1 [huhl]
the husk, shell, or outer covering of a seed or fruit.
the calyx of certain fruits, as the strawberry.
any covering or envelope.
verb (used with object)
to remove the hull of.
Midland U.S. to shell (peas or beans).

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

huller, noun

1. skin, pod, peel, rind, shuck. Unabridged
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hull (hʌl)
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
5.  to remove the hulls from (fruit or seeds)
6.  (tr) to pierce the hull of (a vessel, tank, etc)
[Old English hulu; related to Old High German helawa, Old English helan to hide]

Hull1 (hʌl)
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)
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 & History

"seed covering," from O.E. hulu, from P.Gmc. *khulus "to cover" (cf. O.H.G. hulla, hulsa). The verb was in M.E.; hulled can mean both "having a particular kind of hull" and "stripped of the hull."

"body of a ship," 1571, perhaps from hull (1) on fancied resemblance of ship keels to open peapods (cf. L. carina "keel of a ship," originally "shell of a nut;" Gk. phaselus "light passenger ship, yacht," lit. "bean pod;" Fr. coque "hull of a ship, shell of a walnut or egg"). Alternative etymology is
from M.E. hoole "ship's keel" (c.1440), from the same source as hold (n.).
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hull   (hŭl)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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