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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
Other definitions for rice (2 of 2)
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Anne, 1941–2021, 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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How to use rice in a sentence
For a while the state government came through with supplies, bringing in rice and lentils by boat.Asia’s biggest climate migration|Konstantin Kakaes|November 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The Spanish cut down forests to raise cattle and pigs and planted wheat and rice.Everything You Need to Know About Costa Rican Food|Nicholas Gill|November 11, 2020|Eater
This means that a pound of rice or a pound of pasta will each provide 1,600 calories.How to stock your pantry to endure a long, uncertain winter|By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life|November 9, 2020|Popular-Science
Collections of kibble are built around ingredients such as salmon, avocado, sweet potato, brown rice, and more.Novelties and necessities for pet owners|Rachel King|November 7, 2020|Fortune
“The municipalities at a local level don’t have the resources to address their needs,” Rice said.Johnson & Johnson, three other companies close in on $26 billion deal on opioid litigation|Joel Achenbach, Christopher Rowland, Katie Zezima, Aaron Davis|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
And as for Snoozleums, his thick wool was so be-riced that for two days, whenever he shook himself, he snew.Excuse Me!|Rupert Hughes
When done place on a hot platter and surround with riced potato.Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus|Rufus Estes
British Dictionary definitions for rice (1 of 3)
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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
(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)
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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)
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n acronym for
rest, ice, compression, elevation: the recommended procedure for controlling inflammation in injured limbs or joints
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