husk

noun
\ ˈhəsk How to pronounce husk (audio) \

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 If the dough sticks to the husk, then place it back into the pot and cook for 15 more minutes. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, "Frisco cookbook author Mely Martínez shares her favorite holiday recipe: Tamales de Puerco," 11 Dec. 2020 Home orchardists may choose not to control the walnut husk fly and tolerate staining of shells. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Houseplant-munching cat has owner looking for safe suggestions," 25 Oct. 2020 On the dining table, the empty husk becomes an organic cooking vessel and a serving bowl for rice. Giao Chau, Bon Appétit, "Anything Water Can Do, Coconut Water Can Do Better," 3 Dec. 2020 Billions of years later, Earth remains a blue marble while Mars has become a dry husk of its former self. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Mars died billions of years ago and its guts are still spilling into space," 12 Nov. 2020 Jeb Bush was the haunted husk of a try-hard who knew words but not human facial expressions; Trump was repeating phrases and physical gestures—odd ones, like pointing at people with his thumbs. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Internet Trump Built," 30 Oct. 2020 Each seed is enclosed in a husk, and the traditional process for separating the rice includes first spreading the crop to dry on birch bark mats. Frank Vaisvilas Green Bay Press-gazette, Star Tribune, "Climate change is having a negative effect on the wild rice that is grown in this region," 21 Sep. 2020 Sarah Burton’s poetic debut collection for Alexander McQueen for spring 2011 took inspiration from the corn-husk dollies that in ancient Britain were traditionally used to propitiate the agricultural field gods. Alex Harrington, Vogue, "19 Designers—From Household Names to Emerging New Talent—On The Power of Partnership," 28 Oct. 2020 The walnut husk fly originated east of the Rocky Mountains. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Houseplant-munching cat has owner looking for safe suggestions," 25 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While the fields are no longer burned today, the taste for the dark, smoky flour remains and producers in Puglia and around Italy now make industrialized grano arso flour and dried pastas from husked, deeply toasted grains. Stacy Adimando, Saveur, "5 Unsung Pasta Classics Every Carb Lover Should Try," 9 Oct. 2017 Some sold for several hundred dollars, husks good only for spare parts. Aaron Calvin, USA TODAY, "A treasure trove of muscle cars: Iowa man sells nearly 100 vehicles after decades of collecting," 16 Sep. 2019 As Alex, Sturridge does a good job of husking himself as the story goes sour. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Endgames in “Sea Wall/A Life” and “Coriolanus”," 12 Aug. 2019 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/husk. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for husk

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 How to pronounce husk (audio) \

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 How to pronounce husk (audio) \

Medical Definition of husk

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

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