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barley water

  1. a decoction of barley, used especially in the treatment of diarrhea in infants.
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Origin of barley water

First recorded in 1275–1325
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Examples from the Web for barley water

Historical Examples

  • The women moistened its lips with barley-water, and hushed its fretful whimper.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Bianca, from behind, placed a glass of barley-water to his lips.


    John Galsworthy

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for barley water

barley water

  1. a drink made from an infusion of barley, usually flavoured with lemon or orange
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