barley

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English[edit]

A field of barley.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English barli, barly, from Old English bærlīċ (barley-like, adj.) (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).

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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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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably a corruption of English parley.

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barley

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