barley

noun
bar·​ley | \ ˈbär-lē How to pronounce barley (audio) \

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

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Russell Hedrick, a regenerative grower who farms non-GMO and heirloom corn, soy, barley, oats and triticale in Hickory, N.C. has been measuring the carbon in his 1,000 acres and the best he’s ever done is 1.5 tons per acre. Laura Reiley, BostonGlobe.com, "A Boston company’s plan to remove a trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: Bury it.," 13 June 2019 Russell Hedrick, a regenerative grower who farms non-GMO and heirloom corn, soy, barley, oats and triticale in Hickory, N.C. has been measuring the carbon in his 1,000 acres and the best he’s ever done is 1.5 tons per acre. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "The new plan to remove a trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: Bury it.," 12 June 2019 From Pennsylvania to western Nebraska, colder than average temperatures and persistent rains throughout the season have delayed planting of corn, soybeans and small grains such as oats and barley. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019 Like most grains — think: rice, quinoa, barley, and so on — farro is basically foolproof to cook. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Farro? Why You Should Add This Ancient Grain to Your Dinner Rotation," 30 May 2019 What fiber does Dietary fiber is a kind of carb found in plant foods, including whole grains (like oats, barley, and whole wheat pasta), legumes (lentils, beans), nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Fiber Should I Be Eating to Feel Regular?," 30 May 2019 Runners up will go home with bottles of Flossmoor Station’s premier brew, Wooden Hell, a barley wine aged for about a year in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Flossmoor Station contest to give home brewers chance to share a tap with the pros," 9 May 2018 The beer is a golden ale made with Pilsner malt, pale malt, wheat malt, black malt, flaked barley and Crystal 75, along with cascade and crystal hops. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Here are the eight essential Michigan craft beers," 21 June 2019 Mesopotamians were among the earliest beer brewers, using barley as a critical ingredient. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "In Iraq Museum, There Are Things ‘That Are Nowhere Else in the World’," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of barley

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barley

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

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barley

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barley

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

barley

noun
bar·​ley | \ ˈbär-lē How to pronounce barley (audio) \

Kids Definition of barley

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

barley

noun
bar·​ley | \ ˈbär-lē How to pronounce barley (audio) \

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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