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barleycorn

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n barleycorn a grain of barley
    • n barleycorn a grain of barley
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barleycorn A grain or “corn” of barley.
    • Barleycorn Formerly, a measure of length, equal to the average length of a grain of barley; the third part of an inch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • barleycorn A grain of barley.
    • barleycorn A measure equal to the third part of an inch; originally, the length of a grain of barley. A statute of Edward II. (a. d. 1324) makes “three barley-corns round and dry” the definition of an inch.
    • barleycorn A measure equal to the breadth of a fine grain of barley, about 0.155 inch.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Corn

Usage

In literature:

Here's John Barleycorn," opening another door, "own brother to the Fox, he's Pap's; he's a bolter, and kicks like a duck gun.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
This big, brawny world rover, who has been acquainted with alcohol from boyhood, comes out boldly against John Barleycorn.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
This big, brawny world rover, who has been acquainted with alcohol from boyhood, comes out boldly against John Barleycorn.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
Martin was recalling the hunchback's nervousness a few hours previous; Little Billy was wrestling John Barleycorn.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
The ladies, God bless 'em, have got old John Barleycorn beaten a mile, when it comes to playing hell with a man's life.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
The latest move upon John Barleycorn's works is engineered by the legislative wisdom of the Old Dominion.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. July, 1877." by Various
Snail, snail, put out your horns, I'll give you bread and barleycorns.
"The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Various
There is Peter, the dean's son, with his sleepy brown eyes and freckles as big as barleycorns.
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer
But he and John Barleycorn were strangers now; they were not on speaking terms.
"Gabriel Tolliver" by Joel Chandler Harris
This big, brawny world rover, who has been acquainted with alcohol from boyhood, comes out boldly against John Barleycorn.
"The Indian Drum" by William MacHarg
Skullen must have forgotten his old nemesis, John Barleycorn.
"Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager" by Burt L. Standish
Do they really believe that any genuine good-government party can sit in the same saddle with John Barleycorn?
"The Long Lane's Turning" by Hallie Erminie Rives
I don't imagine there is much bribery in Connaught, but I fear the Bishop has a formidable antagonist in John Barleycorn.
"The Charm of Ireland" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
The all-potent wand of the enchanter Barleycorn was held over him; what was there he would not have done for them?
"Bevis" by Richard Jefferies
This big, brawny world rover, who has been acquainted with alcohol from boyhood, comes out boldly against John Barleycorn.
"Told In The Hills" by Marah Ellis Ryan
This big, brawny world rover, who has been acquainted with alcohol from boyhood, comes out boldly against John Barleycorn.
"The Soul of Susan Yellam" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Sir John Barleycorn is the strongest knight.
"Dictionary of English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases" by Thomas Preston
And, trust John Barleycorn to do the rest, they imparted secrets to their near friends.
"The Forged Note" by Oscar Micheaux
Its original introduction was as sensational as when John Barleycorn comes to town, and brings his blizzard with him.
"The Army Mule and Other War Sketches" by Henry A. Castle
The lowest dimension, as in our own table of linear measure, was the Barleycorn.
"The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas" by Jesse L. Hurlbut
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In news:

John Barleycorn & Other Folksongs.
Listen to several dramatic takes of the traditional English song "John Barleycorn (Must Die)," which might be as old as the 1300's, and was popularized by the band Traffic.
Lauren, a fan of guilloché decoration, selected a distinctive spiral barleycorn pattern for the dials and cases of his Slim Classique watches.
Owner of Chen's and Partner at John Barleycorn Team Up to Open Barbecue Three Ways Restaurant in Wrigleyville.
Imagine what it would look like if the Wrigleyville standbys Chen's and John Barleycorn had a barbecue restaurant baby.
John Barleycorn & Other Folksongs.
Listen to several dramatic takes of the traditional English song " John Barleycorn (Must Die)," which might be as old as the 1300's, and was popularized by the band Traffic.
John Barleycorn River North set to open.
John Barleycorn must die.
Owner of Chen 's and Partner at John Barleycorn Team Up to Open Barbecue Three Ways Restaurant in Wrigleyville.
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