2. [syn: barley, barleycorn]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Barleycorn \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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a grain of barley
2: a grain of barley [syn: barley, barleycorn]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
BARLEYCORN. A lineal measure, containing one-third of an inch. Dane's Ab. c.
211, a. 13, s. 9. The barleycorn was the first measure, with its division
and multiples, of all our measures of length, superfices, and capacity. Id.
c. 211, a. 1 2, s. 2.