A husk is the fibrous covering of a seed or a fruit that's usually removed before you eat it. To make white rice, the husk is removed from the plant, leaving behind a smooth grain.

When you hear the word husk, you may think of the thick leaves that cover an ear of corn. Any vegetable, legume, seed, or fruit with a protective covering has a husk, which is also called a hull or chaff. You can use this word as a verb, too: "Are you going to husk all that corn by yourself? It's almost time for dinner!" Some etymologists trace this word back to the Dutch huuskyn, "little house."

Definitions of husk
  1. noun
    material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
    synonyms: chaff, shuck, stalk, straw, stubble
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    broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting
    type of:
    plant material, plant substance
    material derived from plants
  2. noun
    outer membranous covering of some fruits or seeds
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    the husk of an ear of corn
    dry outer covering of a fruit or seed or nut
    cod, pod, seedcase
    the vessel that contains the seeds of a plant (not the seeds themselves)
    a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence
    the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
    calycle, calyculus, epicalyx, false calyx
    a group of bracts simulating a calyx as in a carnation or hibiscus
    pea pod, peasecod
    husk of a pea; edible in some garden peas
    bracteole, bractlet
    a small bract
    a conspicuous bract surrounding or subtending a spadix or other inflorescence
    a highly conspicuous bract or bract pair or ring of bracts at the base of an inflorescence
    small dry membranous bract found in inflorescences of Gramineae and Cyperaceae
    type of:
    case, sheath
    an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
  3. verb
    remove the husks from
    husk corn”
    synonyms: shell
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
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