barleycorn

[ bahr-lee-kawrn ]
/ ˈbɑr liˌkɔrn /

noun

a grain of barley.
a unit of length equal to 1/3 inch (8.5 millimeters).
Also barley corn . a type of basket weave that produces an allover geometric pattern.

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Origin of barleycorn

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English; see origin at barley1, corn1

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Barleycorn
[ bahr-lee-kawrn ]
/ ˈbɑr liˌkɔrn /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for barleycorn

barleycorn
/ (ˈbɑːlɪˌkɔːn) /

noun

a grain of barley, or barley itself
an obsolete unit of length equal to one third of an inch
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