Definition of barm in English:


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Pronunciation: /bɑːm


  • 1 [mass noun] The froth on fermenting malt liquor.
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    • Spring water, barm and malt of grain have created this classic whisky.
    • There are still some who believe that bread made with barm had an especially good flavour.
    • Poultices of wormwood boiled in grease, barm, or wine, may be applied with good success to white swellings.
  • 1.1 archaic or • dialect Yeast or leaven.
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    • Elizabeth David, in a fine account of the history of yeast in English baking, remarks that: In Chaucer's England one of the names for yeast or barm was goddisgoode.
    • So the first barm-raised bread was developed.
    • It looks like barm or yeast, but, being unfit for use, is only beggarly barm at best.


Old English beorma, of West Germanic origin.

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