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a. A husk, pod, or shell of a seed, nut, or fruit, such as a pecan or an ear of corn.
b. A shell of a bivalve, such as an oyster or clam.
c. The exoskeleton or pupal case of an insect larva or nymph, especially one that has been shed.
2. often shucks Informal Something worthless: an issue that didn't amount to shucks.
tr.v. shucked, shuck·ing, shucks
a. To remove the husk or shell from: shuck corn.
b. To open the shell of (a bivalve): shuck oysters.
2. Informal To cast off: shucked their coats and cooled off; a city trying to shuck a sooty image.
interj. shucks (shŭks)
Used to express mild disappointment, disgust, or annoyance.
[Origin unknown. Interj., alteration of shit.]
(Biology) the outer covering of something, such as the husk of a grain of maize, a pea pod, or an oyster shell
1. to remove the shucks from
2. informal chiefly US and Canadian to throw off or remove (clothes, etc)
[C17: American dialect, of unknown origin]
1. a husk or pod, as the outer covering of corn, hickory nuts, etc.
2. Usu., shucks. something useless or worthless.
3. the shell of an oyster or clam.v.t.
4. to remove the shucks from: to shuck corn.
5. to remove or discard: to shuck one's clothes.
6. to get rid of (often fol. by off): to shuck off a bad habit.interj.
7. shucks, (used as a mild exclamation of disgust or regret.)
[1665–75; orig. uncertain]
Past participle: shucked
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|Noun||1.||shuck - material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds|
bran - broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting
|Verb||1.||shuck - remove from the shell; "shuck oysters"|
|2.||shuck - remove the shucks from; "shuck corn"|