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barm

[bahrm] /bɑrm/
noun
1.
yeast formed on malt liquors while fermenting.
Origin of barm
1000
before 1000; Middle English berme, Old English beorma; cognate with Frisian berme, German Bärme, Swedish bärme; akin to ferment
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barm

/bɑːm/
noun
1.
the yeasty froth on fermenting malt liquors
2.
an archaic or dialect word for yeast
Word Origin
Old English bearm; related to beran to bear, Old Norse barmr barm, Gothic barms, Old High German barm see ferment
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Word Origin and History for barm
n.

Old English beorma "yeast, leaven," also "head of a beer," from Proto-Germanic *bermon- (cf. Dutch berm, Middle Low German barm), from PIE root *bher- (4) "to cook, bake" (cf. Latin fermentum "substance causing fermentation," Sanskrit bhurati "moves convulsively, quivers," Middle Irish berbaim "I boil, seethe;" see brew (v.)).

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