Definition of husk in English:


Syllabification: husk
Pronunciation: /həsk


  • 1The dry outer covering of some fruits or seeds.
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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.
  • 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
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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.


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  • 1 [with object] Remove the husk or husks from.
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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.
  • 2 [with direct speech] Say something in a husky voice: “Help me,” husked Miles
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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.


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

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