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barley sugar

a brittle, amber-colored, transparent candy, formerly boiled in a decoction of barley, consisting of sugar, cream of tartar, and orange or lemon juice, usually twisted into strips or molded into a variety of shapes.
Also called barley candy.
Origin of barley sugar
1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I remained on the bridge till eleven o'clock, my stock of barley-sugar hanging round my neck, and often crying heartily.

  • Lantier, who felt gay, was sucking his barley-sugar, and smacking his lips.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The principal industry of Quiquendone is the manufacture of whipped creams and barley-sugar on a large scale.

    A Winter Amid the Ice Jules Verne
  • I'll buy you a stick of barley-sugar; yes, a stick of barley-sugar!

  • The other boys spent all theirs in the first day or two, and they gave me plenty of cakes and barley-sugar then, I can tell you.

    The Fatal Boots William Makepeace Thackeray
  • "We're all for barley-sugar ourselves just now," the subaltern went on.

  • It's my belief it's the barley-sugar has got something to do with it.

    That Little Beggar E. King Hall
  • The general returned to his confections, and his aide-de-camp to the barley-sugar.

    A Winter Amid the Ice Jules Verne
  • We cannot prove that each time a cab drives down Regent Street a stick of barley-sugar is not created in Sirius.

    Is Life Worth Living? William Hurrell Mallock
  • But, poor Goualeuse, did not the sticks of barley-sugar make you long for them?

British Dictionary definitions for barley-sugar

barley sugar

a brittle clear amber-coloured sweet made by boiling sugar, originally with a barley extract
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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