husk

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun the dry outer covering of cereal grains, which has little food value, and which is removed during threshing
  • noun a parasitic form of bronchitis which is caused by lungworms and is found mainly in cattle
  • verb to remove the husk from seeds

Food

Origin & History of “husk”

Etymologically, a husk is probably a ‘little house’. It seems to have been adapted from middle Dutch hūskijn, a diminutive form of hūs ‘house’ – the notion being, of course, that it ‘houses’ seeds or fruits. The derivative husky was coined in the 16th century; its use for ‘hoarse’ comes from the idea of having dry husks in the throat (the husky dog (19th c.) is an entirely different word, probably an alteration of Eskimo).
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