Grain that is used to make ale and whiskey is an example of barley.
Other Word Forms
Origin of barley
- Middle English barli from Old English bærlic bhares- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”)).