Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hollow cavity.
  • v. To dig out; make hollow; hollow out.
  • v. To dig; dig into; pierce; penetrate; investigate; poke.
  • v. To dig up; excavate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hollow out; dig out.
  • n. A hole; a hollow.

Etymologies

From Middle English holk, from Old English holc ("hole, cavity"), from Proto-Germanic *hulkaz (“a hollow”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (“to cover, hide”). Cognate with Low German holke, hölke ("small hole"), German Holk ("a type of flat-bottomed barge"), Swedish holk ("nest, birdhouse"), Icelandic holkur ("tube"). Related to hulk. (Wiktionary)

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