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barley

barley

noun bar·ley \ˈbär-lē\

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

Full Definition of BARLEY

:  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 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

noun bar·ley \ˈbär-lē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BARLEY

:  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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