husk

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
husk /hʌsk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Botanythe dry outer covering of certain fruits or seeds, esp. of an ear of corn.

v. [+ object]
  1. to remove the husk from:husking corn.
husk•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
husk  (husk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Botanythe dry external covering of certain fruits or seeds, esp. of an ear of corn.
  2. the enveloping or outer part of anything, esp. when dry or worthless.

v.t. 
  1. to remove the husk from.
husker, n. 
husklike′, adj. 
  • Middle English huske, equivalent. to hus- (akin to Old English hosu pod, husk) + -ke, weak variant of -ock 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
husk /hʌsk/ n
  1. the external green or membranous covering of certain fruits and seeds
  2. any worthless outer covering
vb
  1. (transitive) to remove the husk from
Etymology: 14th Century: probably based on Middle Dutch huusken little house, from hūs house; related to Old English hosu husk, hūs house
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