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Barleycorn

Bar´ley`corn`
n.1.A grain or "corn" of barley.
2.Formerly , a measure of length, equal to the average length of a grain of barley; the third part of an inch.
John Barleycorn
a humorous personification of barley as the source of malt liquor or whisky.
Noun1.barleycorn - a grain of barley
2.Barleycornbarleycorn - a grain of barley
Synonyms: barley

BARLEYCORN. A lineal measure, containing one-third of an inch. Dane's Ab. c. 211, a. 13, s. 9. The barleycorn was the first measure, with its division and multiples, of all our measures of length, superfices, and capacity. Id. c. 211, a. 1 2, s. 2.

caryopsis, common barley, grain, Hordeum vulgare
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