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Meaning of BARLEY

Pronunciation:  'bârlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a grain of barley
  2. [n]  cultivated since prehistoric times; grown for forage and grain

BARLEY is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: barleycorn
 See Also: barley grass, cereal, cereal, cereal grass, common barley, common barley, food grain, foxtail barley, genus Hordeum, grain, Hordeum, Hordeum jubatum, Hordeum murinum, Hordeum pusillum, Hordeum vulgare, Hordeum vulgare, little barley, pearl barley, squirreltail barley, squirreltail grass, wall barley



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bar"ley\, n. [OE. barli, barlich, AS. b[ae]rlic; bere
barley + l[=i]c (which is prob. the same as E. like, adj., or
perh. a form of AS. le[=a]c leek). AS. bere is akin to Icel,
barr barley, Goth. barizeins made of barley, L. far spelt;
cf. W. barlys barley, bara bread. ?92. Cf. {Farina}, 6th
{Bear}.] (Bot.)
A valuable grain, of the family of grasses, genus {Hordeum},
used for food, and for making malt, from which are prepared
beer, ale, and whisky.

{Barley bird} (Zo["o]l.), the siskin.

{Barley sugar}, sugar boiled till it is brittle (formerly
   with a decoction of barley) and candied.

{Barley water}, a decoction of barley, used in medicine, as a
   nutritive and demulcent.

Easton Bible Dictionary

a grain much cultivated in Egypt (Ex. 9:31) and in Palestine (Lev. 27:16; Deut. 8:8). It was usually the food of horses (1 Kings 4:28). Barley bread was used by the poorer people (Judg. 7:13; 2 Kings 4:42). Barley of the first crop was ready for the harvest by the time of the Passover, in the middle of April (Ruth 1:22; 2 Sam. 21:9). Mention is made of barley-meal (Num. 5:15). Our Lord fed five thousand with "five barley loaves and two small fishes" (John 6:9).

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