Barleycorn meaning

bärlē-kôrn
The grain of barley.
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A unit of measure equal to the length of a grain of barley, or about13 inch (0.85 centimeter).
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Barley or a grain of barley.
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An old unit of linear measure equal to13 inch.
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1907, Various, The Wit and Humor of America, Volume IV. (of X.).

Then shewed the devil the booke unto the friar, and the friar saw it was an uncut unique of incalculable value; the height of it was half a cubit and the breadth of it the fourth part of a cubit and the thickness of it five barleycorns lacking the space of three horsehairs.

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(architecture, woodworking) A small groove between two mouldings.
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Origin of barleycorn