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husk

noun \ ˈhəsk \
|Updated on: 31 Jul 2018

Definition of husk

1 a : 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
2 a : an outer layer : shell
b : an emptied shell : remnant
c : 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

verb

Definition of husk

husked; husking; husks
: 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

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husk Synonyms

Synonyms

bark, flay, hull, peel, shell, shuck, skin;

Related Words

bare, denude, expose, scale, strip;

pare;


HUSK Defined for English Language Learners

husk

Definition of husk for English Language Learners

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


husk

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

noun \ ˈhəsk \

Definition of husk for Students

: the outer covering of a fruit or seed

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husk

verb

Definition of husk for Students

husked; husking
: to remove the outer covering from (a fruit or seed)
  • husk corn

husker

noun

Medical Dictionary

husk

noun \ ˈhəsk \

medical Definition of husk

: hoose
  • an outbreak of husk was observed in a flock of 200 sheep
  • Veterinary Bulletin


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