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husk

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noun \ˈhəsk\

Definition of husk

  1. 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 partsb :  a carob pod

  2. 2a :  an outer layer :  shellb :  an emptied shell :  remnantc :  a supporting framework

Examples of husk in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of husk

Middle English


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husk

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Definition of husk

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to strip the husk from

husker

noun

Examples of husk in a Sentence

  1. the tedious task of husking coconuts

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First Known Use of husk

1562


HUSK Defined for English Language Learners

husk

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noun

Definition of husk for English Language Learners

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

husk

verb

Definition of husk for English Language Learners

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


HUSK Defined for Kids

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husk

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noun \ˈhəsk\

Definition of husk for Students

  1. :  the outer covering of a fruit or seed


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husk

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Definition of husk for Students

husked

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husking

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

husker

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Medical Dictionary

husk

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noun \ˈhəsk\

Medical Definition of husk

  1. :  hoose an outbreak of husk was observed in a flock of 200 sheep—Veterinary Bulletin



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