rice

noun
\ˈrīs \

Definition of rice 

(Entry 1 of 4)

: 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

Definition of RICE (Entry 2 of 4)

rest, ice, compression, elevation

Rice

biographical name (1)
\ˈrīs \

Definition of Rice (Entry 3 of 4)

Condoleezza 1954–     U.S. Secretary of State (2005–09)

Rice

biographical name (2)

Definition of Rice (Entry 4 of 4)

Elmer Leopold 1892–1967 originally Elmer Reizenstein American dramatist

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Noun

In the meaning defined above

Examples of rice in a Sentence

Noun

Rice is the main crop of the country.

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Those ingredients include flaxseed oil, hemp-seed oil, rice bran, black currant and coconut and grape seed oils. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Connoils, manufacturer of hemp and other oils, to move from the town of Waukesha to Big Bend," 13 July 2018 My chicken bowl with kale and lemon kokuho rice was righteously light. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Little Italy Food Hall, a delicious gastro-gathering place, opens today," 12 July 2018 There's a farm-to-fork focus, including horchata made with organic rice grown in Lincoln, and vegan options soon to join a menu that's more vegetarian than the taqueria. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Taqueria Maya owners open Mexican restaurant with a millennial twist in railyard," 12 July 2018 There was also black rice topped with tiny, sweet shrimp. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 Dominic Armato gives Sushi Nakano 4 stars for its non-traditional sushi and perfectly made rice. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 Choose home made sauces with your pasta, choose olive oil on toast and cook your rice yourself! Rebecca Shinners, Health.com, "The Surprising Thing Kayla Itsines Says You Should Do If You Want Stronger Abs," 10 July 2018 Kardashian West made sure to highlight all the party’s sweet treats, which included donuts, matching unicorn cakes and rice-crispy pops with little unicorn horns and ears. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian West Wishes Niece Penelope a Happy Birthday with Hilarious Side-Eye Photo," 9 July 2018 Poké is sushi in a bowl where patrons walk up to a counter to pick rice or lettuce, a protein, a sauce, toppings, mix-ins and garnishes, Usui said. Rene Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Kybun Joya Shoes, sports collectibles, sushi, whiskey fill downtowns," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of rice

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rice

Noun

Middle English rys, from Anglo-French ris, from Old Italian riso, from Greek oryza, oryzon, of Iranian origin; akin to Pashto wriže rice; akin to Sanskrit vrīhi rice

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The first known use of rice was in the 13th century

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rice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rice

: small white or brown grains that come from a southeast Asian plant and that are used for food

: the plant that produces rice

rice

noun
\ˈrīs \

Kids Definition of rice

: the small seeds of a tall cereal grass widely grown in warm wet regions that are the chief food in many parts of the world

Medical Definition of RICE 

rest, ice, compression, elevation used especially for the initial treatment of many usually minor sports-related injuries (as sprains)

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