A field of barley.
Grain that is used to make ale and whiskey is an example of barley.
- a cereal grass (Hordeum vulgare and related species) with dense, bearded spikes of flowers, each made up of three single-seeded spikelets
- its grain, used in making malt, soups, etc.
Origin of barleyMiddle English barli ; from Old English bærlic, of barley ; from bere, barley + -lic ( -ly) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhares- from source farina, Old Norse barr, grain
- A grass in the genus Hordeum native to temperate regions, having flowers in terminal, often long-awned spikes and widely cultivated for its grain.
- The grain of H. vulgare or its varieties, used in malt production and as food for livestock and humans.
Origin of barleyMiddle English barli, from Old English bærlic; see bhares- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural barleys)
- A cereal of the species Hordeum vulgare, or its grains, often used as food or to make beer and other malted drinks.
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”)).