husk

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
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n 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
Types:
bran
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

n outer membranous covering of some fruits or seeds

Types:
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cornhusk
the husk of an ear of corn
hull
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)
bract
a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence
shell
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
spathe
a conspicuous bract surrounding or subtending a spadix or other inflorescence
involucre
a highly conspicuous bract or bract pair or ring of bracts at the base of an inflorescence
glume
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

v remove the husks from

husk corn”
Synonyms:
shell
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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