1 material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds [syn: chaff, shuck, stalk, straw, stubble]
2 outer membranous covering of some fruits or seeds v : remove the husks from; "husk corn" [syn: shell]
Etymology 1Probably from Low German hūske ‘little house, sheath’ (cognate with Middle Dutch huskjin > Dutch huisken), diminutive of hūs ‘house’.
- The dry, leafy or stringy exterior of certain vegetables or
fruits, which must be removed before eating the meat inside
- A coconut has a very thick husk.
- Any form of useless, dried-up, and subsequently worthless
exterior of something
- His attorney was a dried up husk of a man, ready for the grave, with one foot already inside and another on a banana peel.
- To remove husk(s) from.
- Icelandic: afhýða
Etymology 2Partly imitative, partly from Etymology 1, above, influenced by husky.
ReferencesThe Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 2nd Ed., Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1978
- to remember
Husk (or hull) in botany is the outer shell or coating of a seed.
NounIt usually refers to the leafy outer covering of an ear of maize (corn) as it grows on the plant. Literally, a husk or hull includes the protective outer covering of a seed, fruit or vegetable. It can also refer to the exuvia of bugs or small animals left behind after moulting.
Plantago-seed mucilage is often referred to as husk, or psyllium husk.
VerbTo husk corn is to remove its inner layers leaving only the cob or seed rack of the corn.
uses 1. sausages 2. fertilizers
husk in Czech: Pleva
husk in Polish: Otręby
husk in Russian: Отруби
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