- 1The dry outer covering of some fruits or seeds: the fibrous husk of the coconut [mass noun]: oats contain more husk than barleyMore 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.
- 1.1A dry or rough outer layer, especially when it is empty of its contents: the husks of dead bugsMore 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.
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- Remove the husk or husks from: they set up mills to husk the riceMore 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.
late Middle English: probably from Low German hūske 'sheath', literally 'little house'.
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- Say something in a husky voice: ‘What big blue eyes you have,’ husked LorenzoMore 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.
early 18th century: partly from husky1, partly from the earlier verb husk '(of a farm animal) cough'.