barleycorn

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

Definition of barleycorn

1 : a grain of barley
2 : an old unit of length equal to a third of an inch

First Known Use of barleycorn

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Barleycorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barleycorn. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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