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  • n. Plural form of barleycorn.


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  • It is said that we Scots, when there was such a nation in existence, have, among our full peck of virtues, one or two little barleycorns of vice.

    My Aunt Margaret's Mirror

  • They were interrupted by another dance being called for, and then, his fingers tapping about upon the keys as mechanically as fowls pecking at barleycorns, Christopher gave himself up with a curious and far from unalloyed pleasure to the occupation of watching Ethelberta, now again crossing the field of his vision like a returned comet whose characteristics were becoming purely historical.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • Unfortunately, since barleycorns are all mashed, boiled, and fermented with yeast, beer can't really be considered a whole grain; and since I don't eat rice, this new barley is helping me in my daily efforts to remain regular.

    Barley Legal - Beef Barley Soup

  • ‘The witch has scattered barleycorns on the hearth, and bid me pick them out of the ashes,’ said the girl;

    The Red Fairy Book

  • She struck the hearth with the birchen branch, and lo! the barleycorns flew into the pot, and the hearth was clean.

    The Red Fairy Book

  • But the witch kindled a fire on the hearth, threw a potful of barleycorns among the cinders, and said to the girl:

    The Red Fairy Book

  • Now a selaa, in his weight, weighed three hundred and eighty-four barleycorns.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • The weight of a meah, which is also called a gerah, is sixteen barleycorns.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • -- Distance -- 3 barleycorns 1 inch, 12 inches 1 foot. 3 feet

    The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing A Manual of Ready Reference

  • Fire or water, or the seven barleycorns 'weight of poison are [the ordeal] for a Śúdrá.

    Hindu Law and Judicature from the Dharma-Sástra of Yájnavalkya


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