husk

[huhsk]
noun
1.
the dry external covering of certain fruits or seeds, especially of an ear of corn.
2.
the enveloping or outer part of anything, especially when dry or worthless.
verb (used with object)
3.
to remove the husk from.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English huske, equivalent to hus- (akin to Old English hosu pod, husk) + -ke, weak variant of -ock

husker, noun
husklike, adjective
unhusked, adjective
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husk1 (hʌsk)
 
n
1.  the external green or membranous covering of certain fruits and seeds
2.  any worthless outer covering
 
vb
3.  (tr) to remove the husk from
 
[C14: probably based on Middle Dutch huusken little house, from hūs house; related to Old English hosu husk, hūshouse]
 
'husker1
 
n
 
'husklike1
 
adj

husk2
 
n
bronchitis in cattle, sheep, and goats, usually caused by lungworm infestation

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Word Origin & History

husk
1392, huske "dry, outer skin of certain fruits and seeds," perhaps from M.Du. huuskyn "little house, core of fruit, case," dim. of huus "house."
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Husk definition


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.

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Example sentences
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.
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