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

Fold 2 wider corn husk strips in half, and wrap together at ends with a third strip to form a bow; hot-glue in place. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 For the time being, this Tesla's burned out husk remains on the lake, where Popular Mechanics photographed it on Wednesday afternoon. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Tesla Burnt To a Crisp on a Vermont Lake. We Walked Out There and Found It.," 27 Feb. 2019 Drink plenty of water (at least eight glasses per day), eat more fresh fruits and fiber-rich foods, or take a fiber supplement such as psyllium husk or Metamucil, Dr. Schnoll-Sussman says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Castor Oil Are Mostly for Your Hair and Skin," 15 Feb. 2019 For hair, dip dried corn husks (from a grocery store) in a bowl of water and lay them out. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 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

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, 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

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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