• WordNet 3.6
    • n husking the removal of covering
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Husking A meeting of neighbors or friends to assist in husking maize; -- called also "A red ear in the husking ."
    • Husking The act or process of stripping off husks, as from Indian corn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n husking The act of stripping off husks, as of maize.
    • n husking A gathering of persons to assist in husking Indian corn (maize), usually with feasting and merrymaking. Also called husking-bee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Husking the stripping of husks: a festive gathering to assist in husking Indian corn (maize)—also Husk′ing-bee
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  • George Macdonald
    “Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. huske, orig. with l, as in cog. Ger. hülse, Dut. hulse, &c.


In literature:

His readers had to devour no husks to get at the kernel of what he meant.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
He broke off the branch, and with the sharp point he soon had torn a hole in the outer husk of the cocoanut.
"Mappo, the Merry Monkey" by Richard Barnum
Released from his husk, the opponent becomes Beaconsfield = the field of light, or radiant sky.
"In the Wrong Paradise" by Andrew Lang
He slipped it off just about as you would husk an ear of corn.
"The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln" by Francis Fisher Browne
Stripped of the husk, and rounded and polished in a mill, the grains are pearly white; and then they are known as pearl-barley.
"The Nursery, Volume 17, No. 100, April, 1875" by Various
The Tongan returned with a large unhusked nut, but on the voyage he split up the husk, took out the nut, and closed all up again.
"Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before" by George Turner
His reasoning powers, too, at this moment, seemed to have gone from him like a husk.
"The Necromancers" by Robert Hugh Benson
It was only the corporeal husk of her friend that was seated at the desk.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
It is that couch of husks of which Monsieur told me!
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
Take the good grain, child, and let the husks go.
"When A Man's A Man" by Harold Bell Wright

In poetry:

Behold the wretch whose lust and wine
Had wasted his estate,
He begs a share among the swine,
To taste the husks they eat!
"Hymn 123" by Isaac Watts
The leaning barn, about to fall,
Resounds no more on husking eves;
No cattle low in yard or stall,
No thresher beats his sheaves.
"The Homestead" by John Greenleaf Whittier
O day, so sicklied o'er with night!
O dreadful fruit of fallen dusk!--
A Circe orange, golden-bright,
With horror 'neath its husk.
"Nightfall" by Madison Julius Cawein
Why stuff, for fools to gaze upon,
With chaff of words, the garb he wore,
As corn-husks when the ear is gone
Are rustled all the more?
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But not of the least they gave was the English, mellow
Sunlight on beech leaves spread,
And the Squirrel flickering earthward to find his fellow
Where the chestnut husks lie dead.
"For All Prisoners And Captives" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
But to-night the lamplight plays over it and finds it cold.
Like the flower-husk of a little soul,
Which, new-lived, has fluttered to its destiny,
It lies in its coffin-shaped pasteboard box.
"A Baby's Dress" by Hazel Hall

In news:

Record-breaking temperatures seared corn in its husk this week, wiping out one-third of the Cape Region's nonirrigated field corn.
Husk Restaurant to open in Nashville.
Fresh tomatillos, husked, washed and cut in quarters 2 cloves garlic ¼ cup diced onion 1 Tbsp.
"When you have to haul biomass, it's more economical to haul a load of cobs than a load of leaves, husks, and stalks.".
Peel down husks but don't remove.
Brock to open Husk Nashville, Peatsy Hollings, and the value of your vote.
Husk Restaurant parent company settles wrongful-death lawsuit.
The Neighborhood Dining Group, the parent company of Husk Restaurant, has agreed to pay a $1.1 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Husk 's intensity created a thunderclap that is still reverberating through the local restaurant industry.
When local super-chef Sean Brock opened Husk in the fall of 2010, he staked out a bold objective: to prove that Southern food is the best food on the planet.
Family of Ravenel Bridge crash victim suing Husk restaurant.
XL HUSK hasn't added any friends yet.
Husk 's sangrias are made with red and white wines from Jerram Winery in New Hartford.
As with all good design, however, Husk 's artfully executed simplicity is a result of very detailed planning.
The hulking husk of a vacant Walmart here in the Rio Grande Valley is enjoying an unlikely second act.