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Topic: PLANTS

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from Middle Dutch huuskijn, from huus 'house, cover'

husk

1 noun
     
husk1
1 [uncountable and countable]HBP the dry outer part of corn, some grains, seeds, nuts etc
2 [countable] the useless outer part of something that remains after the important or useful part is gone or has been used
husk of
His drug addiction had turned him into a husk of his former self.
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