Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The grain of barley.
  • n. A unit of measure equal to the length of a grain of barley, or about 1/3 inch (0.85 centimeter).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grain of barley.
  • n. The length of such a grain; a unit of length of approximately one third (or sometimes one quarter) of an inch or eight millimetres, still used as a basis for shoe sizes
  • n. A small groove between two mouldings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A grain or “corn” of barley.
  • n. Formerly , a measure of length, equal to the average length of a grain of barley; the third part of an inch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A grain of barley.
  • A measure equal to the third part of an inch; originally, the length of a grain of barley.
  • A measure equal to the breadth of a fine grain of barley, about 0.155 inch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a grain of barley
  • n. a grain of barley

Etymologies

barley + corn (Wiktionary)

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