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husk 1

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noun

1The dry outer covering of some fruits or seeds: the fibrous husk of the coconut [mass noun]: oats contain more husk than barley
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  • 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
shell, hull, pod, case, casing, covering, seed case;
rind, skin, peel;
(husks)chaff, bran;
North American shuck
technical pericarp, capsule, legume
1.1A dry or rough outer layer, especially when it is empty of its contents: the husks of dead bugs
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  • 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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Remove the husk or husks from: they set up mills to husk the rice
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  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with husk

busk, dusk, musk, rusk, tusk

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noun

[mass noun]
1Bronchitis in cattle, sheep, or pigs caused by parasitic infestation, typically marked by a husky cough.
2Huskiness: the husk in her voice

verb

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Say something in a husky voice: ‘What big blue eyes you have,’ husked Lorenzo
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  • ‘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

Early 18th century: partly from husky1, partly from the earlier verb husk '(of a farm animal) cough'.

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