pearl barley

noun
barley milled into small, round grains, used in cooking, especially in soups.

Origin:
1700–10

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pearl barley
 
n
barley ground into small round grains, used in cooking, esp in soups and stews

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Pearl barley is barley that has the bran removed and then is steamed and polished.
Traditional use of barley as a food has been pearl barley in soups, stews and as a replacement or extender for white rice.
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