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2 definitions found
for John Barleycorn
From 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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than
fermented [syn: liquor, spirits, booze, hard drink,
hard liquor, John Barleycorn, strong drink]
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