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husk

[huhsk] /hʌsk/
noun
1.
the dry external covering of certain fruits or seeds, especially of an ear of corn.
2.
the enveloping or outer part of anything, especially when dry or worthless.
verb (used with object)
3.
to remove the husk from.
Origin of husk
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English huske, equivalent to hus- (akin to Old English hosu pod, husk) + -ke, weak variant of -ock
Related forms
husker, noun
husklike, adjective
unhusked, adjective
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husk1

/hʌsk/
noun
1.
the external green or membranous covering of certain fruits and seeds
2.
any worthless outer covering
verb
3.
(transitive) to remove the husk from
Derived Forms
husker, noun
husklike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: probably based on Middle Dutch huusken little house, from hūs house; related to Old English hosu husk, hūshouse

husk2

noun
1.
bronchitis in cattle, sheep, and goats, usually caused by lungworm infestation
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Word Origin and History for husk
n.

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.

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