Definition of husk in English:

husk

Syllabification: husk
Pronunciation: /həsk
 
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noun

1The dry outer covering of some fruits or seeds.
More example sentences
  • In the fall, plants produce and discard gorgeous seeds, seed pods, husks, and pinecones.
  • She uses real leaves, seeds, husks and pods, building on their natural form and texture and drenching them in colour.
  • Here, however, there was nothing; no birds flying overhead, no rodents, no chewed branches or seed husks, no droppings of any kind.
Synonyms
1.1A dry or rough outer layer or coating, especially when empty of its contents: the husks of dead bugs figurative I expect whatever husk of a person emerges from the car to be sheet-white
More example sentences
  • The food contains the grit from the quern stones and the husks of the rough unengineered wheat used to make the bread.
  • But the symptoms of deprivation are much the same as those of excess, and I am left weak and drained, an empty husk until I take another dose.
  • The used feeder was cleared of its empty husks and weighed.

verb

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1 [with object] Remove the husk or husks from.
More example sentences
  • Much of the work of the household is gender-specific, with women working longer hours than men and responsible for the hard work of hauling water and firewood and husking the rice.
  • Women are responsible for much heavy work - hauling water for the household and, in the absence of rice mills, pounding the rice in big mortars of hollowed out logs to husk it.
  • One day while I was husking maize, after my daily devotion, my father's mother came and sat by me.
2 [with direct speech] Say something in a husky voice: “Help me,” husked Miles
More example sentences
  • ‘Say the word and it's yours…’ the voice husked, he could feel the warm breath brush his ear tauntingly, a brush of silk against his arm.

Origin

late Middle English: probably from Low German hūske 'sheath', literally 'little house'.

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