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rice paper

  1. a thin paper made from the straw of rice, as in China.
  2. a Chinese paper consisting of the pith of certain plants cut and pressed into thin sheets.
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Origin of rice paper

First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for rice paper

Historical Examples

  • Chinese rice-paper is a thing which we frequently hear of, but do not often see.

    Chatterbox, 1905.


  • 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

    Compton Mackenzie

  • What cutting out of leaves and detaching of rice-paper landscapes!

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete

    Charles James Lever (1806-1872)

British Dictionary definitions for rice paper

rice paper

  1. a thin semitransparent edible paper made from the straw of rice, on which macaroons and similar cakes are baked
  2. 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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