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Definition husk

Etymology 1

From Middle English huske (“husk”). Perhaps from Old English *husuc, *hosuc (“little covering, sheath”), diminutive of hosu (“pod, shell, husk”), from Proto-Germanic *husōn, *hausaz (“covering, shell, leggings”), from Proto-Indo-European *kawəs- / kawes- (“cover”). If so, equivalent to hose + -ock. Alternatively from Middle Low German hūske(n) (“little house, sheath”), Middle Dutch hūskijn, diminutive of hūs (“house”). Compare Dutch huisje, German Häuschen, both also used for “snailshell”.

Noun

husk (plural husks)

  1. The dry, leafy or stringy exterior of certain vegetables or fruits, which must be removed before eating the meat inside
  2. Any form of useless, dried-up, and subsequently worthless exterior of something
  3. The supporting frame of a run of millstones.
Verb

husk (third-person singular simple present husks, present participle husking, simple past and past participle husked)

  1. (transitive) To remove husks from.

Etymology 2

Partly imitative, partly from Etymology 1, above, influenced by husky.

Noun

husk (uncountable)

  1. An infection in cattle caused by a species of Dictyocaulus or lungworm
Verb

husk (third-person singular simple present husks, present participle husking, simple past and past participle husked)

  1. (intransitive) To cough, clear one's throat.
  2. (transitive) To say huskily, to utter in a husky voice.

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