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Meaning of HUSK

Pronunciation:  husk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  outer membranous covering of some fruits or seeds
  2. [n]  material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
  3. [v]  remove the husks from, as of ears of corn

HUSK is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: chaff, shell, shuck, stalk, straw, stubble
 See Also: bract, bran, case, cod, cornhusk, hull, plant material, pod, remove, seedcase, sheath, take, take away, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Husk\, n. [Prob. for hulsk, and from the same root as hull
    a husk. See {Hull} a husk.]
    1. 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. The supporting frame of a run of millstones.
    {Husks of the prodigal son} (Bot.), the pods of the carob
       tree. See {Carob}.
  2. \Husk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Husked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To strip off the external covering or envelope of; as, to
    husk Indian corn.
Easton Bible Dictionary

In Num. 6:4 (Heb. zag) it means the "skin" of a grape. In 2 Kings 4:42 (Heb. tsiqlon) it means a "sack" for grain, as rendered in the Revised Version. In Luke 15:16, in the parable of the Prodigal Son, it designates the beans of the carob tree, or Ceratonia siliqua. From the supposition, mistaken, however, that it was on the husks of this tree that John the Baptist fed, it is called "St. John's bread" and "locust tree." This tree is in "February covered with innumerable purple-red pendent blossoms, which ripen in April and May into large crops of pods from 6 to 10 inches long, flat, brown, narrow, and bent like a horn (whence the Greek name keratia, meaning 'little horns'), with a sweetish taste when still unripe. Enormous quantities of these are gathered for sale in various towns and for exportation." "They were eaten as food, though only by the poorest of the poor, in the time of our Lord." The bean is called a "gerah," which is used as the name of the smallest Hebrew weight, twenty of these making a shekel.

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