Definition for barleycorn (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for barleycorn
The histology of the barleycorn is best studied by the examination of sections under the microscope.
This belief also associates itself with Barleycorn's second coming; so that the two events become identified at last.Preface to Androcles and the Lion|George Bernard Shaw
Barleycorn, John, the exhilarating spirit distilled from barley personified.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood
Few of them bore the somatic signs of intimacy with Mr. Barleycorn.Idling in Italy|Joseph Collins
"Thank you," said the woman; and she gave the fairy twelve shillings, which was the price of the barleycorn.Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales|Hans Christian Andersen
British Dictionary definitions for barleycorn
Word Origin and History for barleycorn
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."