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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barley  \Bar"ley\,  n.  [OE.  barli,  barlich  AS  b[ae]rlic;  bere 
  barley  +  l[=i]c  (which  is  prob.  the  same  as  E.  like  adj.,  or 
  perh.  a  form  of  AS  le[=a]c  leek).  AS  bere  is  akin  to  Icel, 
  barr  barley,  Goth.  barizeins  made  of  barley,  L.  far  spelt; 
  cf  W.  barlys  barley,  bara  bread.  ?92.  Cf  {Farina},  6th 
  {Bear}.]  (Bot.) 
  A  valuable  grain,  of  the  family  of  grasses,  genus  {Hordeum}, 
  used  for  food,  and  for  making  malt,  from  which  are  prepared 
  beer,  ale,  and  whisky. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  barley 
  n  1:  a  grain  of  barley  [syn:  {barleycorn}] 
  2:  cultivated  since  prehistoric  times;  grown  for  forage  and 
  grain 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Barley 
  a  grain  much  cultivated  in  Egypt  (Ex.  9:31)  and  in  Palestine 
  (Lev.  27:16;  Deut.  8:8).  It  was  usually  the  food  of  horses  (1 
  Kings  4:28).  Barley  bread  was  used  by  the  poorer  people  (Judg. 
  7:13;  2  Kings  4:42).  Barley  of  the  first  crop  was  ready  for  the 
  harvest  by  the  time  of  the  Passover,  in  the  middle  of  April 
  (Ruth  1:22;  2  Sam.  21:9).  Mention  is  made  of  barley-meal  (Num. 
  5:15).  Our  Lord  fed  five  thousand  with  "five  barley  loaves  and 
  two  small  fishes"  (John  6:9). 
 




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