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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Barleycorn.
 
John or Sir John Barleycorn. A personification of malt liquor. The term has been made popular by Robert Burns.   1
       
“Inspiring bold John Barleycorn,
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!”
       
Burns: Tam o’ Shanter, 105, 106.
 


 Barley Cap.Barley-mow. 

 
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