Definition of husks:
the dry, leafy or stringy exterior of certain vegetables or fruits, which must be removed before eating the meat
inside; any form of useless, dried-up, and subsequently worthless exterior of something
"a coconut has a very thick husk."
to remove husk(s) from; to say huskily
, to utter in a husky
the French captain did not immediately respond; he looked at his men with a miserable expression [...]; still he hesitated, drooped, and finally husked, "Je me rends," with a look still more wretched. -- Naomi Novik, "His Majesty's Dragon"