husk

noun
\ ˈhəsk \

Definition of husk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a usually dry or membranous outer covering (such as a pod or one composed of bracts) of various seeds and fruits (such as barley and corn) : hull also : one of the constituent parts
b : a carob pod
2a : an outer layer : shell
b : an emptied shell : remnant
c : a supporting framework

husk

verb
husked; husking; husks

Definition of husk (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strip the husk from

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Other Words from husk

Verb

husker noun

Examples of husk in a Sentence

Noun

a high stone wall is the husk that protects the actor from prying curiosity seekers

Verb

the tedious task of husking coconuts

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The floating modules are made of an inert growing medium called coconut coir, made from coconut husks, which is rolled into tubes bound together with plastic mesh and frames of stainless steel. Patrick M. O'connell, chicagotribune.com, "A 'wild mile' on the Chicago River? It might be closer than you think," 22 June 2018 Roast the unshucked corn in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes, until the husks are brown and parchment-like. Tyler Florence, House Beautiful, "Tyler Florence's Take on a Classic Summertime Dish," 3 July 2014 Insoluble fiber supplements, like Metamucil, psyllium husk or Unifiber, work best. Jill Provost, Woman's Day, "End Digestive Problems for Good," 21 May 2012 Trace forehead pattern on a corn husk or tamale wrapper, scaling up or down as necessary; cut out. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "40+ Halloween Templates for Your Craftiest October Yet," 5 Sep. 2018 Working around stem, hot-glue one end of each husk strip to top of pumpkin; use straight pins to secure as needed. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Kiehl's gentle overnight formula retextures skin using ethically sourced quinoa husks and exfoliating Phytic Acid found in Japanese rice bran to naturally fight dull complexions for a fresher face come sunrise. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Game-Changing Ingredient That’s Missing From Your Daily Moisturizer," 19 July 2018 All that was left of Lawrence Police Officer Ivan Soto’s home Friday morning was a charred husk. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Officer stays on duty despite losing home in Boston-area explosions," 14 Sep. 2018 Pull back part of the husk and pierce a kernel with your thumbnail. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Corn," 5 Apr. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To freeze ground cherries, simply spread the husked, washed fruits on a rimmed cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 To freeze ground cherries, simply spread the husked, washed fruits on a rimmed cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 To freeze ground cherries, simply spread the husked, washed fruits on a rimmed cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 To freeze ground cherries, simply spread the husked, washed fruits on a rimmed cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 To freeze ground cherries, simply spread the husked, washed fruits on a rimmed cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 To freeze ground cherries, simply spread the husked, washed fruits on a rimmed cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Hundreds Of Ground Cherries," 9 May 2017 Demonstrations will be given, for example, on husking a coconut and building a sailing vessel that can travel thousands of miles. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Chamorro festival coming to San Marcos," 12 Mar. 2018 Sanoussi Diakité, a Senegalese inventor, finally created a machine for husking the grain just 22 years ago. Richard Morgan, Bloomberg.com, "This African Super Grain Could Solve Famine and Drought (Plus It’s Gluten-Free)," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of husk

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1562, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for husk

Noun

Middle English

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husk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of husk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually thin, dry layer that covers some seeds and fruits

husk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of husk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the thin, dry layer that covers some seeds and fruits : to remove the husk from (something)

husk

noun
\ ˈhəsk \

Kids Definition of husk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the outer covering of a fruit or seed

husk

verb
husked; husking

Kids Definition of husk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the outer covering from (a fruit or seed) husk corn

Other Words from husk

husker noun

husk

noun
\ ˈhəsk \

Medical Definition of husk

: hoose an outbreak of husk was observed in a flock of 200 sheepVeterinary Bulletin

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