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Sense: 1
Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Probably from husk 'to have a dry cough' (16-19 centuries) (from the sound).
Sense: 2
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Probably from HUSK1; because corn-husks are hard and strong

husky

1 adjective
     
hus‧ky1
1 a husky voice is deep, quiet, and attractive :
'Come quickly,' she said in a husky whisper.
2 especially American English a man or boy who is husky is big and strong
huskily adverb

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