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.

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The British colonies in America grew rapidly as an economic force in the early 17th century, selling rice, wheat, corn and cod to the British West Indies, where the goods fed a huge slave population. Hoyt Hilsman, WSJ, "Tariffs Made America Great," 10 July 2018 Chicken and rice, skewered pork marinated in wine, mussels, swordfish, strip steak, roasted lamb, steamed crab legs and assorted shellfish are some of the dinner favorites, often ordered with pitchers of refreshing sangria. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Don Quijote Restaurante in Valparaiso," 5 July 2018 Buy non-perishable food such as beans, rice, pasta, and other grains, in bulk to reduce packaging and take your own reusable containers to the store to avoid bags. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why everyone is shunning plastic straws," 4 July 2018 Garnish with the mint, puffed rice, pumpkin seeds, pea shoots and flowers, if using. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: The Shed’s Cabbage Salad With Nam Prik, Pea Shoots, Puffed Rice & Radish," 3 July 2018 The riso, or rice pudding, gelato offers some fun texture to this treat. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 The three-day meal plan ($189; urbanremedy.com) features salads, a veggie burger, a black rice bowl and several shots of juice for fitness fans to take before, during and after their workouts. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "I Ate Like Supermodel Kate Upton for Three Days — and It Wasn’t That Hard," 12 July 2018 Single Fin Kitchen, its seafood menu inspired by Japanese donburi rice bowls. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Little Italy Food Hall opening Thursday," 5 July 2018 Ruby ’s Diner, Queens ParkOrder like a Sydneysider and get a turmeric latte and coconut rice pudding. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 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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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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