• To remove the outer covering of a fruit or seed.
  • To drift; to be carried by the impetus of wind or water on the ship's hull alone, with sails furled.
  • To hit (a ship) in the hull with cannon fire etc.


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  • From Middle English hul, hulle, holle, from Old English hulu, from Proto-Germanic *hul- (compare Dutch hul,
  • German Hülle, Hülse), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel-; or possibly from Proto-Indo-European *kal- (compare Old Irish calad, calath, Latin callus, callum, Old Church Slavonic калити). For the sense development, compare French coque, Ancient Greek φάσηλος.
  • From Middle English holle, hoole, of uncertain origin. Possibly a variant and special use of Etymology 1 above, conformed to hull. Alternatively, a variant of Middle English hole, hoole, holle, related to Middle Dutch and Dutch hol. More at hole.

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