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barley sugar

a brittle, amber-colored, transparent candy, formerly boiled in a decoction of barley, consisting of sugar, cream of tartar, and orange or lemon juice, usually twisted into strips or molded into a variety of shapes.
Also called barley candy.
Origin of barley sugar
First recorded in 1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for barley sugar
Historical Examples
  • An old woman with much vigor of speech offered them barley sugar for sale.

    The Red Miriok Anna M. Barnes
  • Fine character deep-turning "barley sugar" pattern with only one gate.

  • Think what fun to sit and break off twigs of barley sugar, candied cherries, and leaves that tasted like peppermint and sassafras!

    The Louisa Alcott Reader Louisa M. Alcott
  • It has a fine character, and the "barley sugar" pattern is deeply turned.

  • Taking out a lump of barley sugar candy he had brought for her he laid it down beside her and hurried away.

    At the Back of the North Wind

    Elizabeth Lewis and George MacDonald
  • That's amber, just like barley sugar, only not so nice; people make necklaces of it.

    Little Lucy's Wonderful Globe Charlotte M. Yonge
  • With my three sous, I could have given each of them a stick of barley sugar, but that is hardly refreshing.

    Frdrique; vol. 1 Charles Paul de Kock
  • Stone quarries above ground as well as below, the old Flemish façades crumbled like sheets of barley sugar.

    Everyman's Land C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for barley sugar

barley sugar

a brittle clear amber-coloured sweet made by boiling sugar, originally with a barley extract
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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