[ huhsk ]
/ hʌsk /


the dry external covering of certain fruits or seeds, especially of an ear of corn.
the enveloping or outer part of anything, especially when dry or worthless.

verb (used with object)

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 forms

husk·er, nounhusk·like, adjectiveun·husked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for husk (1 of 2)


/ (hʌsk) /


the external green or membranous covering of certain fruits and seeds
any worthless outer covering


(tr) to remove the husk from

Derived Forms

husker, 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

British Dictionary definitions for husk (2 of 2)




bronchitis in cattle, sheep, and goats, usually caused by lungworm infestation

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