Bar"ley*corn` (?), n. [See Corn.]

1.

A grain or "corn" of barley.

2.

Formerly , a measure of length, equal to the average length of a grain of barley; the third part of an inch.

John Barleycorn, a humorous personification of barley as the source of malt liquor or whisky.

 

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