- the husk, shell, or outer covering of a seed or fruit.
- the calyx of certain fruits, as the strawberry.
- any covering or envelope.
- to remove the hull of.
- Midland U.S. to shell (peas or beans).
Origin of hull1
Synonyms for hull
Examples from the Web for huller
Historical Examples of huller
It is threshed with a huller or with a grain separator with suitable attachments.
Frequently the growers of large acreages say that it is cheaper to run them all through the huller.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
This seed is then put through a huller which takes off the outside hull or thick skin.Textiles
William H. Dooley
Juan and Lupe often watch the wheels of the huller as they turn, moved by patient oxen.How We are Fed
James Franklin Chamberlain
The huller does the work less quickly, but probably, on the whole, more perfectly.
- 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)
Word Origin for hull
- 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
"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."
- 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.