Meaning of “barley” in the English Dictionary

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"barley" in British English

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barleynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbɑː.li/ us /ˈbɑːr.li/

Examples from literature

  • If all these vegetables are not available, a little macaroni, rice or barley may be added. 
  • Plain rice or barley soup may be used in place of potato soup, if preferred. 
  • The depth of water over the barley in the steep need not exceed two or three inches, but should not be less. 
  • The flail is not used for threshing rice but is employed for barley. 
  • Wheat and barley are the principal crops. 

(Definition of “barley” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"barley" in American English

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barleynoun [ U ]

us /ˈbɑr·li/

a tall plant grown for its grain, or the grain from this plant which is used for food

(Definition of “barley” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)