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

Steamed clams wallow in an intensely corny broth made from husks, cobs, and juiced kernels. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Saba is stealthy Italian that might surprise traditionalists," 31 May 2018 Remove the husk and any silk threads still attached. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "At Bonefish Grill, summer corn calls for scallops," 13 July 2018 Even when held warm, its water slowly evaporates, drying each grain to a crunchy husk. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 Corn on the cob: Soak the corn in the husks in cold water for 30 minutes. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 For a smoky, slightly charred flavor, remove silks and husks, then brush corn with oil before grilling. Prefer a moister kernel? Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Maple-Mustard Grilled Corn with Bacon," 14 May 2011 Anti-discrimination laws will become shriveled husks. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy gives Trump a chance to remake America.," 27 June 2018 Bake until the husks have browned, about 30-35 minutes. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "At Bonefish Grill, summer corn calls for scallops," 13 July 2018 The tamale was presented in the husk in which it was steamed, the masa inside clinging to a chili relleno — a flavorful little pepper tucked full of cream cheese. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018

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 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 Many of its buildings have been husked by shelling, and its streets are a tangle of rubble and mortar. Joseph Hincks, Time, "The Leaders of the ISIS Assault on Marawi in the Philippines Have Been Killed," 15 Oct. 2017 Fresh Corn with Zucchini Confetti 3 to 4 large ears fresh corn, husked2 small (3 to 4 oz. each) zucchini 4 to 6 tbsp. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Sunday Lunch Recipes," 4 Oct. 2007 Place 1/2 pound husked and rinsed tomatillos 2 plump unpeeled garlic cloves and 1 halved (lengthwise) jalapeno on sheet. Gretchen Mckay, sacbee.com, "New cookbook ‘Onions Etcetera’ elevates the humble vegetable," 9 May 2017

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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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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 \

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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