From Middle English barli, barly, from Old English (adj.) bærlīċ (“barley-like”) (later referring to barley itself and grain crops of similar appearance), 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”)).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɑɹli/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɑːli/
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- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)li
- A cereal of the species Hordeum vulgare, or its grains, often used as food or to make beer and other malted drinks.