- barley that is planted in the autumn to be harvested in the spring or early summer.
Origin of winter barley
First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for winter barley
Scotch pearl-barley and French barley resemble the last, but are smaller, being generally made from winter-barley or bigg.