Definition of Barleycorn

1. Noun. A grain of barley.

Group relationships: Common Barley, Hordeum Vulgare
Generic synonyms: Caryopsis, Grain



2. Noun. A grain of barley.
Exact synonyms: Barley
Generic synonyms: Cereal, Food Grain, Grain
Specialized synonyms: Pearl Barley
Group relationships: Common Barley, Hordeum Vulgare

Definition of Barleycorn

1. n. A grain or "corn" of barley.

Definition of Barleycorn

1. Noun. A grain of barley. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) The length of such a grain; a unit of length of approximately one third (or sometimes one quarter) of an inch or eight millimetres, still used as a basis for shoe sizes ¹

3. Noun. (architecture woodworking) A small groove between two mouldings. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Barleycorn

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Barleycorn

barkometer
barkometers
barks
barky
barleduc
barleducs
barless
barley
barley-sugar
barley-water
barley candy
barley sugar
barley water
barleycorn (current term)
barleycorns
barleylike
barleymeal
barleys
barlike
barlow
barlows
barm
barmaid
barmaids
barman
barmaster
barmasters
barmbrack

Literary usage of Barleycorn

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1. Early English Poetry, Ballads, and Popular Literature of the Middle Ages by Percy Society (1846)
"THE West-country ballad of Sir John barleycorn is very ancient, and being the only version which has ever been sung at English merry-makings and country ..."

2. The Book of Humorous Verse by Carolyn Wells (1920)
"JOHN barleycorn THERE were three kings into the east, Three kings both great and high; And they hae sworn a solemn oath John barleycorn should die. ..."

3. The Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns (1841)
"JOHN barleycorn,* A BALLAD. THERE was three kings into the east, ... I am disposed to think with Mr Jamie- son, that Sir John barleycorn had been originally ..."

4. Poetry for Children by Samuel Eliot (1879)
"JOHN barleycorn. There went three kings into the East, Three kings both great and high; And they have sworn a solemn oath, John barleycorn shall die. ..."

5. The Children's Garland from the Best Poets by Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore (1863)
"XX JOHN barleycorn \vas three kings into the East, JL Three kings both great and high, And they hae sworn a solemn oath John barleycorn should die. ..."

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