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  1. retaining the hull during threshing; having a persistent enclosing hull: hulled wheat.
  2. naturally having a hull: hulled sesame seeds.
  3. having the hull removed: hulled strawberries.
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Origin of hulled

1570–80 hull1 + -ed2


  1. the husk, shell, or outer covering of a seed or fruit.
  2. the calyx of certain fruits, as the strawberry.
  3. any covering or envelope.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to remove the hull of.
  2. Midland U.S. to shell (peas or beans).
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Origin of hull1

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hulu husk, pod; akin to Old English helan to cover, hide, Latin cēlāre to hide, conceal, Greek kalýptein to cover up (see apocalypse). See hall, hell, hole
Related formshull·er, noun


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  1. the hollow, lowermost portion of a ship, floating partially submerged and supporting the remainder of the ship.
  2. Aeronautics.
    1. the boatlike fuselage of a flying boat on which the plane lands or takes off.
    2. the cigar-shaped arrangement of girders enclosing the gasbag of a rigid dirigible.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to pierce (the hull of a ship), especially below the water line.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to drift without power or sails.
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  1. hull down, (of a ship) sufficiently far away, or below the horizon, that the hull is invisible.
  2. hull up, (of a ship) sufficiently near, or above the horizon, that the hull is visible.
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Origin of hull2

1350–1400; Middle English; special use of hull1
Related formshull-less, adjective
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  • The other vessels then got the range, and hulled the Black Pearl with nearly every shot.

    Across the Spanish Main

    Harry Collingwood

  • The brig had been hulled once, and two shots had passed through her sails.

  • Near Shabluka she was attacked by a dervish fort and hulled.

  • The Frolic had been hulled repeatedly, but aloft had only lost her gaff and head-braces.

    Pike & Cutlass

    George Gibbs

  • After they have been gathered, the berries are first washed and then hulled by machinery.

British Dictionary definitions for hulled


  1. the main body of a vessel, tank, flying boat, etc
  2. the shell or pod of peas or beans; the outer covering of any fruit or seed; husk
  3. the persistent calyx at the base of a strawberry, raspberry, or similar fruit
  4. the outer casing of a missile, rocket, etc
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  1. to remove the hulls from (fruit or seeds)
  2. (tr) to pierce the hull of (a vessel, tank, etc)
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Derived Formshuller, nounhull-less, adjective

Word Origin

Old English hulu; related to Old High German helawa, Old English helan to hide


  1. a city and port in NE England, in Kingston upon Hull unitary authority, East Riding of Yorkshire: fishing, food processing; two universities. Pop: 301 416 (2001). Official name: Kingston upon Hull
  2. a city in SE Canada, in SW Quebec on the River Ottawa: a centre of the timber trade and associated industries. Pop: 66 246 (2001)
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  1. Cordell. 1871–1955, US statesman; secretary of state (1933–44). He helped to found the U.N.: Nobel peace prize 1945
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Word Origin and History for hulled



"seed covering," from Old English hulu "husk, pod," from Proto-Germanic *hulus "to cover" (cf. Old High German hulla, hulsa; German Hülle, Hülse, Dutch huls). Figurative use by 1831.

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"body of a ship," 1550s, perhaps from hull (n.1) on fancied resemblance of ship keels to open peapods (cf. Latin carina "keel of a ship," originally "shell of a nut;" Greek phaselus "light passenger ship, yacht," literally "bean pod;" French coque "hull of a ship; shell of a walnut or egg"). Alternative etymology is from Middle English hoole "ship's keel" (mid-15c.), from the same source as hold (n.).

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"to remove the husk of," early 15c., from hull (n.1). Related: Hulled, which can mean both "having a particular kind of hull" and "stripped of the hull."

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hulled in Science


  1. The dry outer covering of a fruit, seed, or nut; a husk.
  2. The enlarged calyx of a fruit, such as a strawberry, that is usually green and easily detached.
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