barley

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A field of barley
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Middle English barli, barly, from Old English (adj.) bærlīċ (barley-like), from bere (barley) (compare Scots bere ‘six-rowed barley’), from Proto-Germanic *baraz (compare Old Norse barr), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰars- ‘spike, prickle’ (compare Welsh bara ‘bread’, Latin far ‘spelt’, Serbo-Croatian бра̏шно/brȁšno ‘flour’, Albanian bar ‘grass’, Ancient Greek Φήρον (Phḗron, plant deity)).

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barley (usually uncountable, plural barleys)

  1. A cereal of the species Hordeum vulgare, or its grains, often used as food or to make beer and other malted drinks.

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