One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun The froth on fermenting malt liquor.
globule, bead, blister, dropView synonyms
- ‘There are still some who believe that bread made with barm had an especially good flavour.’
- ‘Spring water, barm and malt of grain have created this classic whisky.’
- ‘Though the recipe included in the book by Weaver calls for a sourdough mixture, I felt that a beer barm might be a good replication of the leavening agent.’
- ‘Poultices of wormwood boiled in grease, barm, or wine, may be applied with good success to white swellings.’
- 1.1archaic, dialect Yeast or leaven.
leavening, ferment, fermentation agent, raising agent, yeast, baking powderView synonyms
- ‘Elizabeth David, in a fine account of the history of yeast in English baking, remarks that: In Chaucer's England one of the names for yeast or barm was goddisgoode.’
- ‘It looks like barm or yeast, but, being unfit for use, is only beggarly barm at best.’
- ‘So the first barm-raised bread was developed.’
2Northern Englishshort for barm cake
Old English beorma, of West Germanic origin.
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