See also: Barley

EnglishEdit

 
A field of barley.

EtymologyEdit

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, Norwegian Bokmål bygg ), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰars- (spike, prickle). Equivalent to bere +‎ -ly. See English brew

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NounEdit

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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EtymologyEdit

Probably a corruption of English parley.

InterjectionEdit

barley

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