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nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
A hardy variety of barley grown mainly in northern England and Scotland.
Late Middle English. From early Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic bygg, Norn (Shetland) big, Old Swedish biug (Swedish bjugg), Old Danish biug (Danish byg) barley), cognate with Old English bēow barley, ultimately from the same Indo-European base as be.
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