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  • a grain of barley
  • (British, obsolete)the length of such a grain; a unit of length of approximately one third (or sometimes one quarter) of an inch or 8mm.
  • (architecture. woodworking) a small groove between two mouldings
  • In English tradition John Barleycorn personifies beer and whisky which are produced from malt a product of barley.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

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.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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