See also: Barley

English edit

A field of barley.

Etymology edit

From Middle English barly, barli, from Old English bærlīċ (barley-like, adjective) (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 *bʰers- (spike, prickle). Equivalent to bere +‎ -ly. See English brew.

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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.
  2. (Singapore) seed of Job's tears (Coix lacryma-jobi)

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Probably a corruption of English parley.

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  1. A cry for truce in children's games.