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

Examples of barley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web HudsonAlpha scientists study food sources like peanuts, beans and barley, potential biofuels and rare plants that preserve Alabama’s biodiversity. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, 27 July 2022 The vast majority of residents live extremely close to the bone, patching together a living by herding livestock and subsistence farming crops of buckwheat, potatoes, and barley. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 27 July 2022 The Kilnsman is named after the art of kilning the barley that will become whisky, or heating it to stop germination and dry it out. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 27 July 2022 The war in Ukraine is already adding to a global food crisis that has sent the prices of vital commodities like wheat and barley to historic highs. New York Times, 13 July 2022 The war in Ukraine is already adding to a global food crisis that has sent the prices of vital commodities like wheat and barley to historic highs. Michael Schwirtz, BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2022 True to its southwest roots, Colkegan uses mesquite to kiln its barley rather than the traditional Scottish peat. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 7 July 2022 Russia and Ukraine together supply almost one-third of the world’s wheat, a quarter of its barley and nearly three-quarters of r, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute. Vivian Salama, WSJ, 24 June 2022 And yet a farmer selling barley to a trader gets less than $100 per ton. Hanna Arhirova, ajc, 10 July 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barley. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for barley

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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