retaining the hull during threshing; having a persistent enclosing hull: hulled wheat.
naturally having a hull: hulled sesame seeds.
having the hull removed: hulled strawberries.

Origin of hulled

1570–80 hull1 + -ed2




the husk, shell, or outer covering of a seed or fruit.
the calyx of certain fruits, as the strawberry.
any covering or envelope.

verb (used with object)

to remove the hull of.
Midland U.S. to shell (peas or beans).

Origin of hull

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

Synonyms for hull




the hollow, lowermost portion of a ship, floating partially submerged and supporting the remainder of the ship.
  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.

verb (used with object)

to pierce (the hull of a ship), especially below the water line.

verb (used without object)

to drift without power or sails.

Origin of hull

1350–1400; Middle English; special use of hull1
Related formshull-less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hulled

Contemporary Examples of hulled

  • Top with any of the following · Mixed berry—8 ounces each, hulled strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

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    Sweet Brits

    Lydia Brownlow

    April 4, 2011

Historical Examples of hulled

  • 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



the main body of a vessel, tank, flying boat, etc
the shell or pod of peas or beans; the outer covering of any fruit or seed; husk
the persistent calyx at the base of a strawberry, raspberry, or similar fruit
the outer casing of a missile, rocket, etc


to remove the hulls from (fruit or seeds)
(tr) to pierce the hull of (a vessel, tank, etc)
Derived Formshuller, nounhull-less, adjective

Word Origin for hull

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




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
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)




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.



"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.).



"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hulled in Science



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