barley-twist

adjective bar·ley-twist

Definition of barley-twist

: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 SeymourNew York Times21 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

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First Known Use of barley-twist

1914


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