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bar·ley·corn

 (bär′lē-kôrn′)
n.
1. The grain of barley.
2. A unit of measure equal to the length of a grain of barley, or about 1/3 inch (0.85 centimeter).
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barleycorn

(ˈbɑːlɪˌkɔːn)
n
1. (Plants) a grain of barley, or barley itself
2. (Units) an obsolete unit of length equal to one third of an inch
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bar•ley•corn

(ˈbɑr liˌkɔrn)

n.
1. barley.
2. a grain of barley.
3. a measure equal to ? of an inch (8.5 mm).
[1375–1425]

Bar•ley•corn

(ˈbɑr liˌkɔrn)

n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barleycorn - a grain of barley
common barley, Hordeum vulgare - grass yielding grain used for breakfast food and animal feed and in malt beverages
caryopsis, grain - dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
2.barleycorn - a grain of barleybarleycorn - a grain of barley      
food grain, grain, cereal - foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
pearl barley - barley ground into small round pellets
common barley, Hordeum vulgare - grass yielding grain used for breakfast food and animal feed and in malt beverages
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