- the dry external covering of certain fruits or seeds, especially of an ear of corn.
- the enveloping or outer part of anything, especially when dry or worthless.
- to remove the husk from.
Origin of husk
Examples from the Web for husk
Still, the exposed skin on my face and hands felt drawn and hot, stinging, a fire of whiteness, a burning Caucasian husk.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul
May 21, 2014
Take them out of the husk; warm them with a little good gravy, a bit of butter and flour, a taste of nutmeg, pepper and salt.
There was a lump in his throat, and his good-bye had a husk in it.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
With renewed strength it flings away the husk and prowls on to seek other prey.The Ideal
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
But in the 'hip' of the rose, the incorporation with the husk of the seed does not take place.
In it, the husk and the seed envelope have become inextricably one.
- the external green or membranous covering of certain fruits and seeds
- any worthless outer covering
- (tr) to remove the husk from
- bronchitis in cattle, sheep, and goats, usually caused by lungworm infestation
Word Origin and History for husk
late 14c., huske "dry, outer skin of certain fruits and seeds," of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch huuskyn "little house, core of fruit, case," diminutive of huus "house," or from an equivalent formation in English (see house). As a verb, attested from 1560s. Related: Husked; husking.