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wild rice

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  1. a tall aquatic grass, Zizania aquatica, of northeastern North America.
  2. the grain of this plant, used for food.

Origin of wild rice

First recorded in 1740–50
Also called water oats, water rice.
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Examples from the Web for wild rice

Historical Examples

  • "Your father has it ready for the wild-rice harvest," said Good Bird.

    Two Indian Children of Long Ago

    Frances Taylor

  • They visited the wild-rice people—Oumalouminik, and the fire-folk—Aweatsewaenrrhonous, and gained more news of the West.

    Strange Stories of the Great River

    Abbie Johnston Grosvenor

  • This little book tells how children lived and played long ago in the wild-rice country.

British Dictionary definitions for wild rice

wild rice

  1. another name for Indian rice
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