Few of them bore the somatic signs of intimacy with Mr. barleycorn.
"Thank you," said the woman; and she gave the fairy twelve shillings, which was the price of the barleycorn.
The lowest dimension, as in our own table of linear measure, was the barleycorn.
The accompanying illustrations show portions of longitudinal sections of a barleycorn magnified to different degrees.
The prevalence of this sign may be accounted for by the kindred love for the barleycorn in the human and gallinaceous tribes.
barleycorn, John, the exhilarating spirit distilled from barley personified.
The histology of the barleycorn is best studied by the examination of sections under the microscope.
If she can cancel at once her bonds and barleycorn, so much the better.
"When you speak in that tone you make me wish myself a barleycorn," says Tedcastle, smiling.
Look ye, lads, an ye like not barleycorn, a pot of sack against the chill of the night!
late 14c., from barley + corn (n.). Perhaps to distinguish the barley plant or the grain from its products. In Britain and U.S., the grain is used mainly to prepare liquor, hence personification as John Barleycorn (1620) in popular ballad, and many now-obsolete figures of speech, e.g. to wear a barley cap (16c.) "to be drunk."