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  1. the dry external covering of certain fruits or seeds, especially of an ear of corn.
  2. the enveloping or outer part of anything, especially when dry or worthless.
verb (used with object)
  1. to remove the husk from.

Origin of husk

1350–1400; Middle English huske, equivalent to hus- (akin to Old English hosu pod, husk) + -ke, weak variant of -ock
Related formshusk·er, nounhusk·like, adjectiveun·husked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for husk

rind, pod, chaff, case, shell, hull, outside, skin, bark, shuck, glume, aril

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British Dictionary definitions for husk


  1. the external green or membranous covering of certain fruits and seeds
  2. any worthless outer covering
  1. (tr) to remove the husk from
Derived Formshusker, nounhusklike, adjective

Word Origin for husk

C14: probably based on Middle Dutch huusken little house, from hūs house; related to Old English hosu husk, hūs house


  1. bronchitis in cattle, sheep, and goats, usually caused by lungworm infestation
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Word Origin and History for husk

late 14c., huske "dry, outer skin of certain fruits and seeds," of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch huuskyn "little house, core of fruit, case," diminutive of huus "house," or from an equivalent formation in English (see house). As a verb, attested from 1560s. Related: Husked; husking.

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