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[huhsk] /hʌsk/
the dry external covering of certain fruits or seeds, especially of an ear of corn.
the enveloping or outer part of anything, especially when dry or worthless.
verb (used with object)
to remove the husk from.
Origin of husk
1350-1400; Middle English huske, equivalent to hus- (akin to Old English hosu pod, husk) + -ke, weak variant of -ock
Related forms
husker, noun
husklike, adjective
unhusked, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for husk
  • They took something called rice husk ash: the leftover husks from processing rice are burned for energy, and the ash remains.
  • Pick when the papery husk is filled out with fruit and the husk begins to turn slightly brown.
  • Buy cobs by the dozen or half-dozen, then husk and boil them the same day for maximum sweetness.
  • Her short fingers clutch a cigarette rolled in a corn husk.
  • The cotton bud must be picked and separated from the dry husk.
  • Apparently the fruit's sweet, creamy center is a treasure worth pursuing if you can bear the stink and get past the spiky husk.
  • It was his dwelling-place, his strong-hold, his husk.
  • White pepper is made from the same berry, the outer husk being removed before grinding.
  • Clearly, she thought that the less clothing she wore the less husk there would be on the rice.
  • To prepare corn for chowder, husk it, then carefully remove the silk.
British Dictionary definitions for husk


the external green or membranous covering of certain fruits and seeds
any worthless outer covering
(transitive) to remove the husk from
Derived Forms
husker, noun
husklike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: probably based on Middle Dutch huusken little house, from hūs house; related to Old English hosu husk, hūshouse


bronchitis in cattle, sheep, and goats, usually caused by lungworm infestation
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Word Origin and History for husk

late 14c., huske "dry, outer skin of certain fruits and seeds," of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch huuskyn "little house, core of fruit, case," diminutive of huus "house," or from an equivalent formation in English (see house). As a verb, attested from 1560s. Related: Husked; husking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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husk in the Bible

In Num. 6:4 (Heb. zag) it means the "skin" of a grape. In 2 Kings 4:42 (Heb. tsiqlon) it means a "sack" for grain, as rendered in the Revised Version. In Luke 15:16, in the parable of the Prodigal Son, it designates the beans of the carob tree, or Ceratonia siliqua. From the supposition, mistaken, however, that it was on the husks of this tree that John the Baptist fed, it is called "St. John's bread" and "locust tree." This tree is in "February covered with innumerable purple-red pendent blossoms, which ripen in April and May into large crops of pods from 6 to 10 inches long, flat, brown, narrow, and bent like a horn (whence the Greek name keratia, meaning 'little horns'), with a sweetish taste when still unripe. Enormous quantities of these are gathered for sale in various towns and for exportation." "They were eaten as food, though only by the poorest of the poor, in the time of our Lord." The bean is called a "gerah," which is used as the name of the smallest Hebrew weight, twenty of these making a shekel.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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