From Middle English huske ("husk"). Perhaps from Old English ("little covering, sheath"), diminutive of hosu, from Proto-West Germanic *hosā, from Proto-Germanic *husǭ, *hausaz, from Proto-Indo-European. If so, equivalent to hose + -ock.
Alternatively from Middle Low German hūsken, Middle Dutch hūskijn, diminutive of hūs. Compare Dutch huisje, German Häuschen, both also used for “snailshell”.
Partly imitative, partly from Etymology 1, above, influenced by husky.
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