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

Slave children ran up and down the levies banging pans together to scare birds away from the rice harvest, while older girls pounded rice husks in wooden mortars. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, "Slavery’s descendants say a reparations check won’t make the pain go away," 18 Aug. 2019 Place corn, still in the husks, on the hot side of the grill. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Banh Mi and pork skewers on your backyard grill," 13 Aug. 2019 How to add corn to your diet To grill fresh corn on the cob, pull down but don’t remove the outer husks, and pull off the silk. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "4 Health Benefits of Corn," 12 Aug. 2019 But storefronts are still abandoned husks, and many residents loathe the dominance of liquor stores and fast-food joints. New York Times, "He’s a Veteran of Upheaval, Molded by Ferguson’s Traumas. He’s 7.," 8 Aug. 2019 The Matrix turf has Geo Plus infill that consists of rice husk, coconut fibers, and cork. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Higley QB competition heats up on cool turf football field," 2 Aug. 2019 This dissolves that goo, loosening the husks, which will shrug right off. James P. Dewan, Twin Cities, "Dishes to make with tomatillos, plus a trick for getting those sticky husks off," 4 June 2019 Fold the husks back into place and soak the corn in a tub of cold, salted water. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "4 Health Benefits of Corn," 12 Aug. 2019 Clean your corn of husks just before cooking or using. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The best way to cook corn on the cob according to Food Network's Alex Guarnaschelli," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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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