- a decoction of barley, used especially in the treatment of diarrhea in infants.
Origin of barley water
First recorded in 1275–1325
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Examples from the Web for barley water
The women moistened its lips with barley-water, and hushed its fretful whimper.The Manxman
Bianca, from behind, placed a glass of barley-water to his lips.Fraternity
I have frequently combined this with barley-water when first given.
I'll make you some whey or barley-water, or would you like some weak tea better?The Tenants of Malory
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Tom gasped, and hid his pale, thin face in the jug of barley-water.M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."
- a drink made from an infusion of barley, usually flavoured with lemon or orange
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