• Shucking is a US verb that first appeared in 1819, derived from the older noun shuck (of unknown origin) which means husk, pod or shell. So, shucking came to express that one is removing the shuck. (The fairly mild curse 'shucks' apparently comes from there too - husks, chaff, etc being worthless.) I don't know if it is used much outside of the US - I've only met it in American books; in Australia we usually "shell" things. Source:

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