- a thin paper made from the straw of rice, as in China.
- a Chinese paper consisting of the pith of certain plants cut and pressed into thin sheets.
Origin of rice paper
First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for rice paper
Chinese rice-paper is a thing which we frequently hear of, but do not often see.
Notwithstanding its name, rice-paper has really nothing to do with rice.
From the pith of A. papyrifĕra is obtained the Chinese rice-paper.
The small window had been covered with a rice-paper design of Jesse's Rod.Sinister Street, vol. 1
What cutting out of leaves and detaching of rice-paper landscapes!The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete
Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
- a thin semitransparent edible paper made from the straw of rice, on which macaroons and similar cakes are baked
- a thin delicate Chinese paper made from an araliaceous plant, Tetrapanax papyriferum (rice-paper plant) of Taiwan, the pith of which is pared and flattened into sheets
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