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barley

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noun bar·ley \ˈbär-lē\

Simple Definition of barley

  • : a kind of grain used for food and to make beer and whiskey; also : the plant on which this grain grows

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of barley

  1. :  a cereal grass (genus Hordeum and especially H. vulgare) having the flowers in dense spikes with long awns and three spikelets at each joint of the rachis; also :  its seed used especially in malt beverages, breakfast foods, and stock feeds

Origin and Etymology of barley

Middle English barly, from Old English bærlic of barley; akin to Old English bere barley, Latin far spelt


First Known Use: before 12th century



BARLEY Defined for Kids

barley

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noun bar·ley \ˈbär-lē\

Definition of barley for Students

  1. :  a cereal grass grown for its grain which is used mostly to feed farm animals or make malt




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barley

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noun bar·ley \ˈbär-lē\

Medical Definition of barley

  1. :  a cereal grass (genus Hordeum, especially H. vulgare) having the flowers in dense spikes with long awns; also :  its seed used in malt beverages and in breakfast foods and stock feeds




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