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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, straw, stubblenoun

    material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

  2. huskverb

    outer membranous covering of some fruits or seeds

  3. husk, shellverb

    remove the husks from

    "husk corn"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HUSKnoun

    The outmost integument of fruits.

    Etymology: huldsch, Dutch, or huyscken, from huys.

    Do but behold yon poor and starved band,
    And your fair shew shall suck away their souls,
    Leaving them but the shales and husks of men. William Shakespeare, H. V.

    Most seeds, in their growing, leave their husk or rind about the root. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Thy food shall be
    The fresh brook mussels, withered roots, and husks
    Wherein the acorn cradled. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Fruits of all kinds, in coat
    Rough, or smooth rind, or bearded husks, or shell
    She gathers; tribute large! and on the board
    Heaps with unsparing hand. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.

    Some steep their seeds, and some in cauldrons boil
    O’er gentle fires; the exuberant juice to drain,
    And swell the flatt’ring husks with fruitful grain. Dryden.

    Some when the press, by utmost vigour screw’d,
    Has drain’d the pulpous mass, regale their swine
    With the dry refuse; thou, more wise, shalt steep
    The husks in water, and again employ
    The pond’rous engine. Phillips.

    Barley for ptisan was first steeped in water ’till it swelled; afterwards dried in the sun, then beat ’till the husk was taken off, and ground. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Do not content yourselves with mere words, left you only amass a heap of unintelligible phrases, and feed upon husks instead of kernels. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

  2. To Huskverb

    To strip off the outward integument.

    Etymology: from the noun.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Husknoun

    the external covering or envelope of certain fruits or seeds; glume; hull; rind; in the United States, especially applied to the covering of the ears of maize

  2. Husknoun

    the supporting frame of a run of millstones

  3. Huskverb

    to strip off the external covering or envelope of; as, to husk Indian corn

  4. Etymology: [Prob. for hulsk, and from the same root as hull a husk. See Hull a husk.]


  1. Husk

    Husk in botany is the outer shell or coating of a seed. It often refers to the leafy outer covering of an ear of maize as it grows on the plant. Literally, a husk or hull includes the protective outer covering of a seed, fruit or vegetable. It can also refer to the exuvia of bugs or small animals left behind after moulting. Plantago-seed mucilage is often referred to as husk, or psyllium husk.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Husk

    husk, n. the dry, thin covering of certain fruits and seeds: (pl.) refuse, waste.—v.t. to remove the husk or outer integument from.—adj. Husked, covered with a husk: stripped of husks.—ns. Husk′er, one who husks Indian corn, esp. at a husking-bee; Husk′ing, the stripping of husks: a festive gathering to assist in husking Indian corn (maize)—also Husk′ing-bee. [M. E. huske, orig. with l, as in cog. Ger. hülse, Dut. hulse, &c.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HUSK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Husk is ranked #18685 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Husk surname appeared 1,471 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Husk.

    94.8% or 1,395 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 27 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 18 total occurrences were Black.
    1.1% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HUSK in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HUSK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of HUSK in a Sentence

  1. Henrik Ibsen:

    Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not peace and happiness.

  2. Francis Quarles:

    In thy apparel avoid singularity, profuseness, and gaudiness. Be not too early in the fashion, nor too late. Decency is half way between affectation and neglect. The body is the shell of the soul, apparel is the husk of that shell; the husk often tells you what the kernel is.

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