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 for husk
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Husk \Husk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Husked; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Husking.]
     To strip off the external covering or envelope of; as, to
     husk Indian corn.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Husk \Husk\ (h[u^]sk), 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The supporting frame of a run of millstones.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Husks of the prodigal son (Bot.), the pods of the carob
        tree. See Carob.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  husk
      n 1: material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of
           stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
           [syn: chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, straw,
           stubble]
      2: outer membranous covering of some fruits or seeds
      v 1: remove the husks from; "husk corn" [syn: husk, shell]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  103 Moby Thesaurus words for "husk":
     afterglow, afterimage, balance, bark, boll, bones, bran, burr,
     butt, butt end, candle ends, capsule, case, chaff, cod, corn shuck,
     cornhusk, culm, deadwood, debris, detritus, dishwater, draff,
     dregs, dust, end, fag end, filings, follicle, fossil, garbage,
     gash, hogwash, holdover, hull, husks, jacket, leavings, lees,
     leftovers, legume, legumen, odds and ends, offal, offscourings,
     orts, palea, parings, pease cod, peel, pericarp, pod, potsherds,
     rags, raspings, refuse, relics, remainder, remains, remnant,
     residue, residuum, rest, rind, roach, rubbish, ruins, rump,
     sawdust, scourings, scrap iron, scraps, scum, seed pod,
     seed vessel, seedbox, seedcase, shadow, shards, shavings, shell,
     shuck, silique, skin, slack, slag, slop, slops, slough, straw,
     stubble, stump, survival, sweepings, swill, tares, trace, vestige,
     wastage, waste, waste matter, wastepaper, weeds
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Husk
     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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