His attorney was a dried-up husk of a man.
A coconut has a very thick husk.
Origin of husk
- Middle English probably diminutive of hus house Middle Dutch hūskijn little house, core of an apple house
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Alternate etymology derives husk from Low German hūske (“little house, sheath”) (cognate with Middle Dutch huskjin > Dutch huisken, diminutive of hūs (“house”).)
- Partly imitative, partly from Etymology 1, above, influenced by husky.