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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Husk  \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}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  husk 
  n  1:  material  consisting  of  seed  coverings  and  small  pieces  of 
  stem  or  leaves  that  have  been  separated  from  the  seeds 
  [syn:  {chaff},  {shuck},  {stalk},  {straw},  {stubble}] 
  2:  outer  membranous  covering  of  some  fruits  or  seeds 
  v  :  remove  the  husks  from  as  of  ears  of  corn 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  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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