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Definition of rice

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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


riced; ricing; rices

Definition of rice (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to finely chop or process (a food) so that it resembles rice riced cauliflower Grilled calamari is served over riced potatoes that melt in the mouth— Mitch Frank Ricing the spuds with the butter and cream, rather than mashing them, makes them light and airy, and gives you a completely different experience.— Yotam Ottolenghi

Definition of RICE (Entry 3 of 3)

rest, ice, compression, elevation

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Examples of rice in a Sentence

Noun Rice is the main crop of the country.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the rice is translucent, then add the chicken broth. Southern Kitchen, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 Divide the salmon into two portions and place on the rice. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 19 Apr. 2022 Oneida artist Kristelle Ulrich, who grew up in Milwaukee and teaches art at Milwaukee Public Schools, contributed to the design of the seal, particularly the rice and landscape. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Mar. 2022 Add the rice and cook until al dente, about 15 minutes. Colu Henry, Vogue, 26 May 2022 That time when all the rice was taken by the Japanese. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Arrange the roasted vegetables and shrimp — 9 each — around the rice. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2022 Second, the rice is toasted and cooked in fish stock. Janelle Davis, CNN, 1 May 2022 Before the immunity challenge, Jeff once again offered members of the tribe the chance to sit out the challenge in exchange for some rice. cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rice


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rice


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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“Rice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rice. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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)

Rice biographical name (1)

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Definition of Rice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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Definition of Rice (Entry 2 of 2)

Elmer Leopold 1892–1967 originally Elmer Reizenstein American dramatist

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