Husk (or hull) in botany is the outer shell or coating of a seed.


It usually refers to the leafy outer covering of an ear of maize (corn) as it grows on the plant. Literally, a husk or hull includes the protective outer covering of a seed, fruit or vegetable. It can also refer to the exuvia of bugs or small animals left behind after moulting.

Plantago-seed mucilage is often referred to as husk, or psyllium husk.


To husk corn is to remove its inner layers leaving only the cob or seed rack of the corn.

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