rice paper


Definition of rice paper

1 : a thin papery material made from the pith of a small Asian tree or shrub (Tetrapanax papyriferum) of the ginseng family also : a thin paper made from various usually Asian plants (such as the paper mulberry)
2 : a paper-thin sheet of dough made from rice flour and tapioca that is usually used to wrap a filling (as of minced vegetables or ground meat) Ground pork, carrots, onions and cellophane noodles are wrapped so that the green vegetables show through the translucent white rice paper.— Donna Hilts

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Recent Examples on the Web Most Japanese homes don’t have central heating, their thin, rice paper room dividers and sliding walls were not designed to maximize warmth. Gina Decaprio Vercesi, Family, "How cold-weather cultures can help families find joy during a dark winter," 21 Dec. 2020 For starters, there's an array of fresh rolls wrapped with rice paper stuffed with rice noodles, mint, cucumber, lettuce and a protein. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Pho you can 'feel the love from': What to try at this south Phoenix Vietnamese restaurant," 12 Nov. 2020 The men slept under the stars and gnawed on raw noodles and rice paper. Los Angeles Times, "Sunken boats. Stolen gear. Fishermen are prey as China conquers a strategic sea," 12 Nov. 2020 After mastering rice, she was assigned rudimentary tasks like pulling apart noodles for stir fry, peeling rice paper for egg rolls, and crushing garlic and chilis with a mortar and pestle. Dallas News, "Krio’s Connie Cheng shares recipe for her twist on a traditional Cambodian soup," 6 Oct. 2020 Savran decorated the store to suit his eccentric style, installing vintage cash registers, hanging rice paper lamps from the ceiling and designing his own window displays. Miguel Otárola, Star Tribune, "Bill Savran, Savran's Paperback Shop owner, dies at 84," 1 Oct. 2020 The delicate flora and fauna of traditional Chinese art have migrated from rice paper to bodies, carried along by a revolution in techniques. The Economist, "The new ink masters China makes its mark on the world of tattoos," 29 Aug. 2020 Further north in quaint and more conservative Hoi An, a food hawker gingerly handed me one the size of taco, wrapped in a very thin sheath of rice paper. Andrea Nguyen, Bon Appétit, "I’d Stuff My Face With These Vietnamese Sizzling Crepes Every Meal of the Day," 25 May 2020 Working quickly with one rice paper wrapper at a time, submerge in warm water until pliable, about 20 sec. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Summer Rolls," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of rice paper

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rice paper

from its resemblance to paper made from rice straw

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The first known use of rice paper was in 1810

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8 Jan 2021

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“Rice paper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rice%20paper. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rice paper

: a type of thin paper that is made from an Asian plant
: a food that looks like paper and that is used for wrapping other foods

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