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pearl barley

  1. barley milled into small, round grains, used in cooking, especially in soups.
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Origin of pearl barley

First recorded in 1700–10
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Historical Examples of pearl barley

  • A decoction of pearl-barley and couch-grass, flavoured with liquorice root.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

British Dictionary definitions for pearl barley

pearl barley

  1. barley ground into small round grains, used in cooking, esp in soups and stews
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