Barley-water meaning

A nourishing drink, given esp. to children and sick persons, made by boiling barley in water, then straining and cooling the liquid.
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(UK) A soft drink made by boiling pearl barley with water, and adding flavouring and sugar.
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(medicine, archaic) A decoction of barley used as a nutritive and demulcent.
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Alternative spelling of barley water.
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