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barleycorn

Syllabification: bar·ley·corn
Pronunciation: /ˈbärlēˌkôrn
 
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Definition of barleycorn in English:

noun

1A grain of barley.
Example sentences
  • The weight of a barleycorn, later renamed the grain is the original basis of all English weight systems.
  • He led a goat dressed in homespun, one of last year's barleycorns tucked above its ear.
  • Here is a barleycorn of a different kind to those which grow in the farmer's fields, and which the chickens eat; put it into a flower-pot, and see what will happen.
1.1A former unit of measurement (about a third of an inch) based on the length of a grain of barley.
Example sentences
  • The longest normal foot measured 39 barleycorns, or 13 inches, and was called size 13.
  • In England and Scotland, at least as early as the 12th century an inch was thought of as 3 barleycorns laid end to end.
  • Use the following calculator to convert between feet and barleycorns.

Words that rhyme with barleycorn

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