• WordNet 3.6
    • n barley a grain of barley
    • n barley cultivated since prehistoric times; grown for forage and grain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Barley (Bot) A valuable grain, of the family of grasses, genus Hordeum, used for food, and for making malt, from which are prepared beer, ale, and whisky.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barley The name of a grain, and of the plant yielding it, belonging to the genus Hordeum, natural order Gramineæ. This grain has been cultivated from the very earliest times, when it formed an important article of food, as it still does where other cereals cannot be raised. It is largely employed for feeding animals, but its chief use is in the manufacture of fermented liquors, as beer, ale, and porter, and of whisky. No other grain can be cultivated through so great a range of climate, for it matures in Lapland, Norway, and Iceland, in 65° and 70° north latitude, and at an altitude of 11,000 feet in the Andes and Himalaya. The only cultivated species that has been found wild is the two-rowed or long-eared barley, H. distichon, a native of western Asia, but in cultivation in prehistoric times, as was also the six-rowed species, or winter barley, H. hexastichon. Of later origin is the common four-rowed species, spring or summer barley, H. vulgare. Fan-shaped barley, also called battledore- or sprat-barley, H. zeocriton, is perhaps only a cultivated form of the two-rowed species. Several varieties of these species are found in cultivation. The grain differs generally from wheat in retaining closely its husks; it is also somewhat less nutritious and palatable as an article of food. See Hordeum.
    • n barley A cry used by children in certain games when a truce or temporary stop is desired.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barley bär′li a hardy grain used for food, but chiefly for making malt liquors and spirits
    • interj Barley bär′li (Scot.) a term used in games in demand of a truce, parley (of which it is most prob. a corruption).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. barli, barlich, AS. bærlic,; bere, barley + līc,which is prob. the same as E. like, adj., or perh. a form of AS. leāc, leek). AS. bere, is akin to Icel, barr, barley, Goth. barizeins, made of barley, L. far, spelt; cf. W. barlys, barley, bara, bread. 92. Cf. Farina, 6th Bear


In literature:

Barley also and straw for the horses and swift steeds brought they to the place where the officers were, every man according to his charge.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
The chief grain crops are durra and barley, and date palms are extensively cultivated.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
Malt varies very much in quality, as, indeed, it must, with the quality of the barley.
"Cottage Economy" by William Cobbett
Barley has always been very important.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
I once heard an Englishman speak about Christ feeding the five thousand with the five barley loaves and the two small fishes.
"To The Work! To The Work!" by Dwight Moody
Corn, wheat or barley fed alone is likely to prove too fattening but a limited quantity should be fed for variety.
"Ducks and Geese" by Harry M. Lamon
Barley was formerly grown for export to the United States for malting purposes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
From the beard of Tuoni's barley.
"Kalevala, Volume II (of 2)" by Anonymous
Shall I write to Mrs. More, and propose that you should spend a week at Barley Wood?
"Under the Mendips" by Emma Marshall
Tsamba is the name given here to barley-meal, the insipid article which constitutes the ordinary food of the Thibetians.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
The lower valley produces buckwheat, turnips, potatoes, radishes, and barley.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
Examples of these proteins may be seen in the gliadin of wheat, zein of corn, and hordein of barley.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
Billy used to improve his time by nibbling barley while I watched birds in the sycamore corridor.
"A-Birding on a Bronco" by Florence A. Merriam
When I entered I paid for one week's good straw and barley in coined silver of Mexico.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
The Egyptians used for their bread, wheat, spelt, barley and durra (sorghum).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
There is a much greater diversity in the wheat than in barley and oats.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, No. 362, December 1845" by Various
Bowls of barley broth were being set in front of the big chair at the table end.
"The Bondman" by Hall Caine
ADRAR', a district in the Western Sahara, peopled by Berbers possessing camels, sheep, and oxen, and cultivating dates, wheat, barley, and melons.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
The chief agricultural products are oats and barley, wheat, rye, potatoes, and turnips.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The sacrifices offered consisted chiefly of a mullet and of barley out of Rharium, a field of Eleusis.
"The Eleusinian Mysteries and Rites" by Dudley Wright

In poetry:

Like barley bending
In low fields by the sea,
Singing in hard wind
"Like Barley Bending" by Sara Teasdale
Loud he sang the song Ta Phershon
For his personal diversion,
Sang the chorus U-pi-dee,
Sang about the Barley Bree.
"The Waster Singing at Midnight" by Robert Fuller Murray
Above the bluest mountain crest
The lark is singing rarely,
It rocks the singer into rest,
The wind that shakes the barley.
"The Wind that Shakes the Barley" by Katharine Tynan
And warm it happit Johnnie's grave
Whaur the ae lock gouden lay;
But on Elsie's hingin heid the lave
Was afore the barley gray.
"The Last Wooin" by George MacDonald
"St. Peter will befriend me then,
Because my name is Peter too:
'I know him for the best of men
That ever walloped barley brew.
"The Death and Last Confession of Wandering Peter" by Hilaire Belloc
There's music in my heart all day,
I hear it late and early,
It comes from fields are far away,
The wind that shakes the barley.
"The Wind that Shakes the Barley" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Barley Vine, 182 Main St, in Bristol , is a bar-centric neighborhood hangout with a casual yet distinctive menu, featuring fresh, local ingredients.
Mushroom, leek, butternut squash , and barley bake.
In this image taken on Sept 17, 2012, a bowl of Mushroom and Chicken Barley Soup with Parmesan Dumplings is shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Purchase photo reprints.
Celiacs can not eat any form of wheat, barley, rye and can consume only non-gluten oats.
Barley takes to slow cooking better than traditional Arborio rice, and the whole grain is higher in fiber and nutrients to boot.
Barley made the news recently when a group of international researchers managed to sequence the genome for barley, said to be one of the world's most important and genetically complex cereal crops.
Barley able to walk and visually impaired, Anna Maria told Action 4 news she never noticed the slight haze that took over her home in the early morning hours on Tuesday.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and their cousins.
Mushroom and chicken barley soup with parmesan dumpling .
Fads aside, research suggests more people are truly getting sick from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley, but the reasons aren't clear.
Fads aside, the new study suggests more people are truly getting sick from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley, but the reasons aren't clear.
Hops & Barley: Could Vermont foster a return to true farmhouse brews.
Firefly chef Danny Bortnick is teaming up with Birch & Barley toques Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac on a five-course fundraising dinner, scheduled for July 25, to benefit breast cancer research.
Firefly chef Danny Bortnick is teaming up with Birch & Barley toques Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac on a five-course fundraising dinner, scheduled for July 25, to benefit breast cancer research.
Under the plan, small planes will drop straw mulch containingrye or barley seed to prevent rain from washing away soil onhillsides burned by the 138 thousand acre blaze.

In science:

Instead, it seems that other earlier Farmers went on to domesticate six key species still in use (emmer and einkorn wheat, barley, lentils, chick peas, and flax), plus some others tried and abandoned more or less permanently (chenopod. marsh elder) or temporarily (oats, rye, squash, sunflower; Weiss et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
The solid curves, which are barley distinguishable, correspond to the result with the GBW and CGC parameterisations of the diffractive gluon distributions.
Diffractive open charm production from the dipole model analysis