rice

noun
\ ˈrīs How to pronounce rice (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Rice (audio) \

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

The rice at the top of the stalks in the paddies was hard and yellow, ready to be cut, threshed and dried in the sun. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019 The slightly floral rice was the ideal partner for the savory sauce. Robin Miller, azcentral, "Healthy summer dinners you can make without turning on the oven," 31 July 2019 Cover and cook the rice until all the liquid has been absorbed and the grains are tender, 18 minutes. Martha Holmberg, The Denver Post, "How to push fresh herbs beyond the garnish: Use with abundance and abandon," 15 July 2019 Simply simmer them first, then add the rice to the pot. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Rice Recipe Has Everything, Plus a Turmeric-Butter-Fried Egg," 11 July 2019 When cooked, rinse the water, and cool the rice by spreading it. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Quartz’s tip for India-Pakistan match: Rustic desi spirits with dishes from the other side," 16 June 2019 Meanwhile, rinse the rice until the water runs clear, then drain well. Simran Singh, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Chicken Pulao in a Rice Cooker," 15 June 2019 Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until rice is tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Asian Pork Chops with Coconut Rice," 7 Mar. 2019 On a nearby table strewn with candles and assorted crystals sat two bowls, one containing honey and the other rice. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady Met on a Blind Date," 5 Oct. 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 How to pronounce rice (audio) \

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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