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A grain of the family of grasses, genus Hordeum, a food and the source of malt, which is required for producing beer, ale and whiskey. Like wheat, rye and oats, barley contains gluten.


(Hordeum) A foodstuff commonly found in breakfast cereal and soup; reports allege benefit in lowering cholesterol levels, against diabetes, and in the prevention of cancer.
Synonym(s): foxtail grass, pearl barley.


a genus of cereals and grasses. See hordeum.

barley beef
a British system of introducing calves into pens at 3 months of age, feeding them intensively on high grain diets and marketing them before 12 months of age.
barley beef rumenitis
lesions of rumenitis found at necropsy in calves fed heavy barley diets.
barley grass
barley scab fungus

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Q. Is anyone restricted to have barley? what is the benefit of having barley and what is the best way to consume them? Is anyone restricted to have barley?

A. It grows in many parts of the world. As it is a whole grain it is good for health. It has soluble fiber and reduces blood cholesterol and glucose. It is low in fat content. No fixed way is there to eat barley as it’s used as soup thickener; it’s used in baked foods. Many breakfast foods include barley as baked breads. It is found to harm none.

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I liked barley sugar, cola cubes, sherbet lemons, and chewy fruit salad sweets, which were four for a penny.
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The Szepsy 6 putts 1991, is like a weighty botrytisladen apricot and peach syrup, with rich lingering flavours of cooked barley sugar and spice.
Mr Wiltshire will probably also remember some of the other things they sell - coltsfoot rock, striped humbugs and barley sugar twists.
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Each child received a jigsaw puzzle, a bag of sweets, a stick of barley sugar, an orange and an a apple