In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- I have recently bought a breadmaker, and so far, Doves Barleycorn Flour makes the best loaf I have ever tasted!
- The weight of a barleycorn, later renamed the grain is the original basis of all English weight systems.
- Here is a barleycorn of a different kind to those which grow in the farmer's fields, and which the chickens eat; put it into a flower-pot, and see what will happen.
- Human societies have used pebbles, nuts, barleycorn, bones, twigs, yarrow stalks, polished sticks, cards, coins, and dice the list goes on and on to make decisions that are transparently fair.
- He led a goat dressed in homespun, one of last year's barleycorns tucked above its ear.
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