how to pronounce barleycorn


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meanings of barleycorn


  1. The length of such a grain; a unit of length of approximately one third (or sometimes one quarter) of an inch or eight millimetres, still used as a basis for shoe sizes.
  2. A grain of barley.
  3. A small groove between two mouldings.