Meaning of BARLEY in English


n.1 any of various hardy awned cereals of the genus Hordeum widely used as food and in malt liquors and spirits such as whisky.

2 the grain produced from this (cf. pearl barley).

Phrases and idioms:

barley sugar an amber-coloured sweet made of boiled sugar, traditionally shaped as a twisted stick. barley water a drink made from water and a boiled barley mixture.

Etymology: OE b{aelig}rlic (adj.) f. b{aelig}re, bere barley

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.