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

Words Nearby wild rice

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How to use wild rice in a sentence

  • From the bark of a birch tree he fashioned a canoe in which he rowed out upon the lake and gathered a quantity of the wild rice.

    Prairie Smoke (Second Edition, Revised) | Melvin Randolph Gilmore
  • He did not know the wild rice was useful for food, for he had never seen it before, but he admired its beauty.

    Prairie Smoke (Second Edition, Revised) | Melvin Randolph Gilmore
  • When the water was boiling the Musk-rat upset the kettle, which was found to be full of wild rice, upon which Ictinike feasted.

  • wild rice is an ideal nesting place for a colony of these little marsh wrens.

    Bird Neighbors | Neltje Blanchan

British Dictionary definitions for wild rice

wild rice

  1. another name for Indian rice

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