from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any grass of the genus Hordeum other than the cultivated barley.
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Mason had come armed with a handful of wild barley-grass, or "crawly", as it was better known among the boys.
Nor is the envy that you inspire shared only by insects and mankind: even things without soul change their form into yours; -- witness the barley-grass, which turns into a butterfly.
a very rich thinly wooded country with herbage like that on old folding ground in spring, we reached unwooded plains; at 9.20 came south-south-east one and a quarter miles across a plain chiefly covered with barley-grass; at 11.20 came south-east by south across plains for five and a quarter miles to the edge of wooded country, and halted till