barm
noun Etymology: Middle English berme, from Old English beorma; akin to Middle Low German berm yeast, Latin fermentum yeast, fervēre to boil, Old Irish berbaid he boils Date: before 12th century yeast formed on fermenting malt liquors

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  • Barm — is the foam, or scum, formed on the top of liquor (i.e. fermented alcoholic beverages such as beer or wine, or feedstock for hard liquor or industrial ethanol distillation) when fermenting. It was used to leaven bread, or set up fermentation in a …   Wikipedia

  • Barm — Barm, n. [OE. bearm, berm, barm, AS. bearm; akin to E. bear to support.] The lap or bosom. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barm — barm; barm·brack; barm·skin; …   English syllables

  • Barm — (b[aum]rm), n. [OE. berme, AS. beorma; akin to Sw. b[ a]rma, G. b[ a]rme, and prob. L. fermentum. [root]93.] Foam rising upon beer, or other malt liquors, when fermenting, and used as leaven in making bread and in brewing; yeast. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barm — O.E. beorma yeast, leaven, also head of a beer, from P.Gmc. *bermon (Cf. Du. berm, M.L.G. barm), from PIE root *bher (4) to cook, bake (Cf. L. fermentum substance causing fermentation, Skt. bhurati moves convulsively, quivers, M.Ir. berbaim …   Etymology dictionary

  • barm — [bärm] n. [ME berme < OE beorma, yeast < IE base * bher , to boil up > FERMENT, BREATH] the yeast foam that appears on the surface of malt liquors as they ferment …   English World dictionary

  • barm — sb., en, e, ene …   Dansk ordbog

  • Barm — *1. Dat geit wedder na m olen Barm to. – Schütze. Es geht wieder auf die alte Weise, den alten Krebsgang. – Barm = Bärme, Hefe, Gescht. *2. De Barm leep em öwert Harte. – Eichwald, 92. *3. Er hat in den Barm schütten. – Richey, 10. Eine Sache… …   Deutsches Sprichwörter-Lexikon

  • barm — noun /bɑːm/ a) Foam rising upon beer, or other malt liquors, when fermenting, and used as leaven in making bread and in brewing; yeast. In 1577 yeast, called barm, is bought at 9d. the pail. b) A small flat round, individual loaf, or roll of… …   Wiktionary

  • barm — [[t]bɑrm[/t]] n. vin yeast formed on malt liquors while fermenting • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME berme, OE beorma, c. Fris berme, LG barm(e) …   From formal English to slang

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