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rice definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: grains used as food either unpolished or more often polished
2: annual or perennial rhizomatous marsh grasses; seed used for food; straw used for paper
3: English lyricist who frequently worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber (born in 1944) [syn: Rice, Sir Tim Rice, Timothy Miles Bindon Rice]
4: United States playwright (1892-1967) [syn: Rice, Elmer Rice, Elmer Leopold Rice, Elmer Reizenstein] v
1: sieve so that it becomes the consistency of rice; "rice the potatoes"

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English rys, from Anglo-French ris, from Old Italian riso, from Greek oryza, oryzon, of Iranian origin; akin to Pashto wrie rice; akin to Sanskrit vr?hi rice Date: 13th century the starchy seeds of an annual southeast Asian cereal grass (Oryza sativa) that are cooked and used for food; also this cereal grass that is widely cultivated in warm climates for its seeds and by-products compare wild rice

Merriam Webster's

abbreviation rest, ice, compression, elevation

Merriam Webster's

I. biographical name Condoleezza 1954- American scholar & government official II. biographical name Elmer Leopold 1892-1967 originally Elmer Reizenstein American dramatist

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. n. 1 a swamp grass, Oryza sativa, cultivated in marshes, esp. in Asia. 2 the grains of this, used as cereal food. --v.tr. US sieve (cooked potatoes etc.) into thin strings. Phrases and idioms: rice-bowl an area producing much rice. rice-paper edible paper made from the pith of an oriental tree and used for painting and in cookery. Derivatives: ricer n. Etymology: ME rys f. OF ris f. It. riso, ult. f. Gk oruza, of oriental orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rice Rice, n. [F. riz (cf. Pr. ris, It. riso), L. oryza, Gr. ???, ???, probably from the Persian; cf. OPers. br[=i]zi, akin to Skr. vr[=i]hi; or perh. akin to E. rye. Cf. Rye.] (Bot.) A well-known cereal grass (Oryza sativa) and its seed. This plant is extensively cultivated in warm climates, and the grain forms a large portion of the food of the inhabitants. In America it grows chiefly on low, moist land, which can be overflowed. Ant rice. (Bot.) See under Ant. French rice. (Bot.) See Amelcorn. Indian rice., a tall reedlike water grass (Zizania aquatica), bearing panicles of a long, slender grain, much used for food by North American Indians. It is common in shallow water in the Northern States. Called also water oat, Canadian wild rice, etc. Mountain rice, any species of an American genus (Oryzopsis) of grasses, somewhat resembling rice. Rice bunting. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Ricebird. Rice hen (Zo["o]l.), the Florida gallinule. Rice mouse (Zo["o]l.), a large dark-colored field mouse (Calomys palistris) of the Southern United States. Rice paper, a kind of thin, delicate paper, brought from China, -- used for painting upon, and for the manufacture of fancy articles. It is made by cutting the pith of a large herb (Fatsia papyrifera, related to the ginseng) into one roll or sheet, which is flattened out under pressure. Called also pith paper. Rice troupial (Zo["o]l.), the bobolink. Rice water, a drink for invalids made by boiling a small quantity of rice in water. Rice-water discharge (Med.), a liquid, resembling rice water in appearance, which is vomited, and discharged from the bowels, in cholera. Rice weevil (Zo["o]l.), a small beetle (Calandra, or Sitophilus, oryz[ae]) which destroys rice, wheat, and Indian corn by eating out the interior; -- called also black weevil.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(rices) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. Rice consists of white or brown grains taken from a cereal plant. You cook rice and usually eat it with meat or vegetables. ...a meal consisting of chicken, rice and vegetables... N-MASS

Foolish Dictionary

An effective field-piece, used for assaulting Chinamen or the newly-married.


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