Origin of cornhusk

An Americanism dating back to 1705–15; corn1 + husk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cornhusk

Historical Examples of cornhusk

  • Presented me with cornhusk cigarettes; told me tales of Zapata; his perfidy, his ruthlessness.

    The Red Conspiracy

    Joseph J. Mereto

  • The staff-officer cut away its cornhusk wrapping and read aloud the owner's name on the hilt.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

British Dictionary definitions for cornhusk


  1. US and Canadian the outer protective covering of an ear of maize; the chaff
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