A grain or ldquocornrdquo of barley
- a whole grain of barley
- A grain or "corn" of barley.
- Formerly , a measure of length, add up to the common length of a grain of barley; the 3rd section of an inch.
In linear measure. The third of an inch.
late 14c., from barley + corn (n.). Perhaps to distinguish the barley plant and/or whole grain from its services and products. In Britain and U.S., the grain is used primarily to get ready alcohol, thus personification as John Barleycorn (1620) in popular ballad, and lots of now-obsolete figures of address, eg to put on a barley cap (16c.) "to-be intoxicated."
(n.) A grain or "corn" of barley.
- (letter.) Formerly , a measure of length, equal to the common duration of a grain of barley; the third section of an inch.
The convivial verse, at its best in Dunbar's Testament of Mr Andrew Kennedy, may be studied in Quhy sould nocht Allane honorit be, one of the many eulogies of John Barleycorn anticipatory of Burns's well-known piece.