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  • n. A soft drink made by boiling pearl barley with water, and adding flavouring and sugar

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a decoction of barley, used in medicine, as a nutritive and demulcent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A decoction of barley used as a demulcent nutritious drink in fevers, and in inflammations of the air-passages and of the alimentary canal.

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

  • n. used to feed infants


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  • But in these cases be sure that the patient requires diluents for quite other purposes than quenching the thirst; he wants a great deal of some drink, not only of tea, and the doctor will order what he is to have, barley water or lemonade, or soda water and milk, as the case may be.

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