rice

[ rahys ]
/ raɪs /

noun

the starchy seeds or grain of an annual marsh grass, Oryza sativa, cultivated in warm climates and used for food.
the grass itself.
a food that is chopped or otherwise processed to resemble rice (used in combination): cauliflower rice;sweet potato rice.

verb (used with object), riced, ric·ing.

to reduce to a form resembling rice: to rice potatoes.

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Origin of rice

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English ris, rys, from Old French, from Italian riso, risi (in Medieval Latin risium ), from Medieval Greek orýzion, derivative of Greek óryza, from an Iranian language, e.g., Old Persian brizi, Pashto vrižē; akin to Sanskrit vrīhi-, perhaps ultimately of Dravidian origin

Definition for rice (2 of 2)

Rice
[ rahys ]
/ raɪs /

noun

Anne, born 1941, U.S. novelist.
Dan Daniel McLaren, 1823–1900, U.S. circus clown, circus owner, and Union patriot.
Elmer, 1892–1967, U.S. playwright.
Jerry Lee, born 1962, U.S. football player.
Grant·land [grant-luhnd], /ˈgrænt lənd/, 1880–1954, U.S. journalist.
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British Dictionary definitions for rice (1 of 3)

rice
/ (raɪs) /

noun

an erect grass, Oryza sativa, that grows in East Asia on wet ground and has drooping flower spikes and yellow oblong edible grains that become white when polished
the grain of this plant

verb

(tr) US and Canadian to sieve (potatoes or other vegetables) to a coarse mashed consistency, esp with a ricer
See also Indian rice

Word Origin for rice

C13 rys, via French, Italian, and Latin from Greek orūza, of Oriental origin

British Dictionary definitions for rice (2 of 3)

Rice
/ (raɪs) /

noun

Elmer, original name Elmer Reizenstein . 1892–1967, US dramatist. His plays include The Adding Machine (1923) and Street Scene (1929), which was made into a musical by Kurt Weill in 1947

British Dictionary definitions for rice (3 of 3)

RICE
/ (raɪs) /

n acronym for

rest, ice, compression, elevation: the recommended procedure for controlling inflammation in injured limbs or joints
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