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
Recent Examples of barley from the Web
There are many different kinds of grains, including wheat, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, rye, oats, etc.
On Mattelin’s 2,000-acre farm in Montana, which produces spring wheat, malting barley, peas, soybeans and sugar beets, the durum crops are stunted, thin and turning a shade of blue.
They're freshly baked each week and made with Alaska salmon and cod, and barley and vegetables grown in the Last Frontier.
For instance, all beers have the same core ingredients -- water, barley, yeast and hops.
When peat is used as the fossil fuel to dry malted barley, the resulting whisky is infused with phenolic smoke.
In Common Gluten-Free Say good-bye to foods with grains like wheat, barley, and rye—each contains a protein known as gluten.
The signature dessert is a light, creamy fluff flavored with roasted barley.
The new restaurant, called Barr—Old Norse for barley—will launch July 5 with a 17-item à la carte menu of...
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
BARLEY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of barley for English Language Learners
: a kind of grain used for food and to make beer and whiskey; also : the plant on which this grain grows
BARLEY Defined for Kids
Definition of barley for Students
: a cereal grass grown for its grain which is used mostly to feed farm animals or make malt
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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