husk

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English huske ‎(husk), 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). More at hose, -ock.

Alternate etymology derives husk from Low German hūske ‎(little house, sheath) (cognate with Middle Dutch huskjin > Dutch huisken, diminutive of hūs ‎(house).)

Noun[edit]

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husk ‎(plural husks)

  1. The dry, leafy or stringy exterior of certain vegetables or fruits, which must be removed before eating the meat inside
    A coconut has a very thick husk.
  2. Any form of useless, dried-up, and subsequently worthless exterior of something
    His attorney was a dried-up husk of a man.
  3. The supporting frame of a run of millstones.
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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To remove husks from.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

husk ‎(uncountable)

  1. An infection in cattle caused by a species of Dictyocaulus or lungworm
    • 1876, John Walker, How to Farm with Profit Arable and Pasture Land: A Practical Manual on Modern Agriculture, London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., p. 78, [1]
      The symptoms of Husk are a constant cough, rapid loss of flesh, difficulty in breathing and, in the later stages, loss of appetite and diarrhœa.

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (intransitive) To cough, clear one's throat.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter XI, p. 181, [2]
      Back on the veranda he said to Lace gravely, "I do believe that poor child's in the family way." Lace, tracing the pattern of the matting with his boot, husked, and murmured, "Yes — I think so.
  2. (transitive) To say huskily, to utter in a husky voice.
    • 2006, Naomi Novik, His Majesty's Dragon, Del Rey Books, p. 5, [3]
      The French captain did not immediately respond; he looked at his men with a miserable expression [...]; still he hesitated, drooped, and finally husked, "Je me rends," with a look still more wretched.

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References[edit]

The Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 2nd Ed., Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1978


Danish[edit]

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husk

  1. imperative of huske (remember)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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husk

  1. imperative of huske