American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A grass in the genus Hordeum, native to temperate regions, having flowers in terminal, often long-awned spikes.
- n. The grain of H. vulgare or its varieties, used for livestock feed, malt production, and cereal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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
- n. A cry used by children in certain games when a truce or temporary stop is desired.
- n. A strong cereal of the genus Hordeum, or its grains, often used as food or to make malted drinks.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. cultivated since prehistoric times; grown for forage and grain
- n. a grain of barley
- Middle English barli, barly, from Old English (adj.) bærlīċ ("barley-like"), from bere ("barley") (compare Scots bere ‘six-rowed barley’), from Proto-Germanic *baraz (compare Old Norse barr), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰars- ‘spike, prickle’ (compare Welsh bara ‘bread’, Latin far ‘spelt’, Serbo-Croatian бра̏шно/brȁšno ‘flour’, Albanian bar ‘grass’, Ancient Greek Φήρον (Phḗron, "plant deity")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English barli, from Old English bærlic; see bhares- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When there are added to this loss the expense of carting the grain to and from the malt-house, and the maltster's charge for operating upon it (I presume in this case that the feeder is not his own maltster), it will be found that two tons of malt will cost the farmer nearly as much as three tons of barley; and he will then have to solve the problem -- _Whether or not malt is 40 or 50 per cent. more valuable as a feeding-stuff than barley_.”
““Malted” barley is barley which is starting to germinate — a process that converts the starch in the kernels into a soluble form called dextrin.”
“In order to retain barley in the drought areas for feed or make it available for feed in Eastern Canada, we have been paying the malting premium on all barley which is sold for feeding purposes.”
“The two main components of WhipperSnapper are malted barley (the same stuff they make Scotch from, although this barley is from Oregon) and un-aged or "white dog" Kentucky corn whiskey (from whence comes bourbon).”
“The resulting alchemy, about an 80/20 ratio of corn to barley, is then aged in barrels that have housed French pinot noir and American whiskey, as well as new unused barrels.”
“Bake at 350 until barley is tender and has absorbed liquid, about 1 - 1 1/2 hour.”
“Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for about 20-25 minutes, until barley is cooked.”
“The barley is used to make chang, an alcoholic drink of which the natives imbibe very large quantities.”
“Pumpkins reach 250 lb., and potatoes 7 lb. Crops of sixty bushels to the acre are not rare, but the yield of barley is from thirty to thirty-five bushels.”
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