: having a twisted form : twisted in a way that resembles a twisted stick of barley sugar
a building with barley-twist columns
… a whitewashed side table with barley-twist legs …Liz Seymour, New York Times, 21 Oct. 1999
barley-twist gothic adornments enliven facades, and corinthian columns crumble from walls.Nick Redman, Sunday Times (London), 12 Aug. 2007
also : characterized by twisted design elements
antique barley-twist furniture

Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barley-twist was in 1914

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“Barley-twist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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