rice

noun
\ ˈrīs How to pronounce rice (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Rice (audio) \

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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Ninsom’s fingerprints are all over the place: that smart tom kha addition to the albacore, the beets and puffed jasmine rice in magenta-bright coconut cream, the easy blend of smoky-funky-sour flavors rising from the barbecue fried rice. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Eem is Portland’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year," 12 Sep. 2019 Fold the oranges, almonds, and parsley into the rice. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Three Delicious Recipes To Fill You Up And Protect Your Heart," 10 Sep. 2019 The first step in his Garlickiest Fried Rice is to fry sliced garlic in oil, then remove those golden slivers and use that infused oil to cook the rice. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, ""Infusing Oil" is a Fancy-Sounding Trick You Can Do Practically Any Time," 5 Sep. 2019 Remove the pan from the heat and fluff the rice with a fork. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Melissa Copeland’s veggie-rich Mexican rice: a meal in itself," 3 Sep. 2019 In the oven, the zucchini gave enough liquid to finish cooking the rice, and the cream was a more delicate binder than roux, which so frequently turns a gratin into stodge. New York Times, "We Asked a Chef to Keep a Cooking Diary for a Week. Here’s What She Made.," 27 Aug. 2019 The bundles are steamed in the oven slowly, plumping the rice and gently cooking the chicken and vegetables. Cathy Barrow, The Denver Post, "The good old cabbage roll turns over a new leaf," 26 Aug. 2019 The rise in the exchange rate has resulted in prices of basic commodities, mainly sugar and rice, changing from morning to evening. Washington Post, "Syrian pound hits record low, setting off hike in prices," 12 Sep. 2019 Dried products like rice, beans, quinoa, oatmeal, and corn work great. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How To Eat Well on Your Next Backpacking Trip," 7 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce rice (audio) \

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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