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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sushi Noz, a high-end restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is offering deluxe to-go $135 platters of chirashi, the classic dish that features fish over rice. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Celebrate With a Japanese Feast," 29 Dec. 2018 Serve fish over rice; top with salsa and sprinkle with green parts of scallions. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lime Tilapia With Citrus-Avocado Salsa," 19 Dec. 2018 Seoul Zip in Belltown serves bulgogi three ways: as a burrito, sandwich or rice bowl. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 Serve over rice with additional cilantro, sliced red chiles, and lime wedges if desired. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Red Curry Shrimp and Cilantro Rice," 9 Oct. 2018 In addition to Freyne’s favored fish and chips, firecracker shrimp served on a bed of rice noodles is a popular dish. Philip Potempa, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Tribes Alehouse in Tinley Park," 11 July 2018 Broiled eel over rice makes a wonderfully soothing meal. New York Times, "The Restaurant That Became Japan’s Unofficial Ambassador," 3 July 2018 This is all about the food, served over rice in deep foil trays topped with pita. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Here's what's changing at Hopdoddy; also hello, Arlington Halal Guys | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Apr. 2018 In the United States, restaurants turn the volume up, serving the fish over rice or other grains, with a choice of vegetables, toppings and sauces. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "How to build a great poke bowl: Mix and match for health," 3 Apr. 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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