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barleycorn


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barleycorn  \Bar"ley*corn`\,  n.  [See  {Corn}.] 
  1.  A  grain  or  ``corn''  of  barley. 
 
  2.  Formerly,  a  measure  of  length,  equal  to  the  average  length 
  of  a  grain  of  barley;  the  third  part  of  an  inch. 
 
  {John  Barleycorn},  a  humorous  personification  of  barley  as 
  the  source  of  malt  liquor  or  whisky. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  barleycorn 
  n  1:  a  grain  of  barley 
  2:  a  grain  of  barley  [syn:  {barley}] 




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