- a tall aquatic grass, Zizania aquatica, of northeastern North America.
- the grain of this plant, used for food.
Origin of wild rice
First recorded in 1740–50
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Examples from the Web for wild rice
"Your father has it ready for the wild-rice harvest," said Good Bird.
They visited the wild-rice people—Oumalouminik, and the fire-folk—Aweatsewaenrrhonous, and gained more news of the West.Strange Stories of the Great River
Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
This little book tells how children lived and played long ago in the wild-rice country.
- another name for Indian rice