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Definition of rice

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: 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 5)

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 5)

rest, ice, compression, elevation


biographical name (1)
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Definition of Rice (Entry 4 of 5)

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


biographical name (2)

Definition of Rice (Entry 5 of 5)

Elmer Leopold 1892–1967 originally Elmer Reizenstein American dramatist

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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 If there are leftovers (unlikely!), add a bit of rice vinegar before eating, as the dish can lose some of its tang over time. Jennifer G. Wolcott, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a pandemic summer, picnicking ‘nurtures the soul’," 1 July 2020 But that rice has a perhaps surprisingly African-American history. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "South Texas staples menudo, rice and barbecue all have African roots," 17 June 2020 Place a hot water bottle, Chillow cooling relief pad, sock filled with rice or a pillowcase in the freezer for an hour or so before your slumber. oregonlive, "10 easy ways to stay cool at home this summer," 5 June 2020 On the hunt Researchers hope to trap any Asian giant hornets in the area where the putative queen was found using a mixture of fruit juice and rice wine. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "Another ‘murder hornet’ found in Washington State—here’s what that means.," 1 June 2020 The Instant Pot Duo is a great base model for any kitchen and has seven different cooking functions like saute, steam, rice cooker, and the all-important pressure cooker. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "13 things that make cooking during the summer easier," 10 July 2020 Enjoy a bowl on its own or serve over some hot cooked rice. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Delicious Instant Pot Fish Recipes for Any Night of the Week," 9 July 2020 Gluten-free offerings include the French fries, tortilla soup and even the Deluxe Dinner: an enchilada with a crispy beef taco, tamales, guacamole, chile con queso, all topped off with a side of beans and rice. Dallas News, "Searching for gluten-free grub? Here are five spots in Garland," 6 July 2020 Our plates were usually topped with homemade flour tortillas filled with combinations of potato and egg, bacon and egg or, my favorite, beans and rice. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "For people of color, choosing which masks to put on, and which ones to take off, brings a challenge," 4 July 2020

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

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29 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rice. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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)

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