rice paper

noun
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of rice paper

from its resemblance to paper made from rice straw


RICE PAPER Defined for English Language Learners

rice paper

Definition of rice paper for English Language Learners

  • : 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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