Bar"ley(), n. [OE. barli, barlich, AS. brlic; bere barley + lc (which is prob. the same as E. like, adj., or perh. a form of AS. lec 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.] (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.
(Zol.), the siskin. --
Barley sugar, sugar boiled till it is brittle (formerly with a decoction of barley) and candied. --
Barley water, a decoction of barley, used in medicine, as a nutritive and demulcent.
Bar"ley*break`} (br"l*brk`), n. An ancient rural game, commonly played round stacks of barley, or other grain, in which some of the party attempt to catch others who run from a goal.
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