Meaning of BARLEY in English


I. ˈbärlē, ˈbȧlē, -li noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English barly, from Old English bærlic of barley, from bær- (akin to Old English bere barley) + -lic -ly; akin to Old Norse barr barley, Gothic barizeins of barley, Latin far spelt

1. : any cereal grass of the genus Hordeum cultivated since prehistoric times and widely adaptable being grown for forage and as a nurse or a smother crop

2. : the seed or grain of barley and its many varieties (especially Hordeum vulgare ) commonly used in the manufacture of malt beverages and also in breakfast foods and as feed for stock — see six-rowed barley

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably by folk etymology from parley

: truce , respite — used in children's games

save oneself from being caught by crying barley

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