- barley milled into small, round grains, used in cooking, especially in soups.
Origin of pearl barley
First recorded in 1700–10
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Examples from the Web for pearl barley
A decoction of pearl-barley and couch-grass, flavoured with liquorice root.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- barley ground into small round grains, used in cooking, esp in soups and stews
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