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husk

[huhsk]
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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to remove the husk from.
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Origin of husk

1350–1400; Middle English huske, equivalent to hus- (akin to Old English hosu pod, husk) + -ke, weak variant of -ock
Related formshusk·er, nounhusk·like, adjectiveun·husked, adjective
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husk1

noun
  1. the external green or membranous covering of certain fruits and seeds
  2. any worthless outer covering
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verb
  1. (tr) to remove the husk from
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Derived Formshusker, nounhusklike, adjective

Word Origin

C14: probably based on Middle Dutch huusken little house, from hūs house; related to Old English hosu husk, hūs house

husk2

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

n.

1780, agent noun from husk (v.). Cornhuskers as a nickname for athletics squads from Nebraska is attested by 1903.

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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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