[ huhl ]
/ hʌl /


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).


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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



hull·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for huller

British Dictionary definitions for huller (1 of 3)

/ (hʌl) /


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 forms of hull

huller, nounhull-less, adjective

Word Origin for hull

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

British Dictionary definitions for huller (2 of 3)

/ (hʌl) /


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)

British Dictionary definitions for huller (3 of 3)

/ (hʌl) /


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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Scientific definitions for huller

[ hŭl ]

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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