wild rice


: a tall aquatic North American perennial grass (Zizania aquatica) that yields an edible grain
also : the grain

Examples of wild rice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add the onion, carrots, celery, thyme, wild rice blend and stock. Claudia Alexander, The Mercury News, 3 Apr. 2024 These treaty rights can only be maintained if water is healthy enough to support fish populations and wild rice beds, and wetlands are an important part in keeping waters clean. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2024 Salad with Pistachio Salsa Verde Hearty ingredients like salmon, wild rice, and black quinoa make this salad far from boring. 9 of 17Annabelle Breakey Vegetable Minestrone This minestrone has pumped-up flavors, thanks to a variety of vegetables and legumes and a parmesan rind. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 2 Jan. 2023 Today, the menu has expanded to include tortas, burritos, nachos and fillings like lobster, filet mignon and yams with wild rice. Kevinisha Walker, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2024 It's packed with healthful veggies and wild rice for dinner that's good for both the soul and the body. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 12 Oct. 2023 Common ones include oatmeal, whole wheat flour, farro, quinoa, barley, bulgur, and brown, black, red and wild rice, according to the Mayo Clinic. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2024 The new state seal features a loon amid wild rice, to replace the image of a Native American riding off into the sunset while a white settler plows his field with a rifle at the ready. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, 3 Jan. 2024 Nutty wild rice goes well with pheasant, and the sweetness of the grapes is a pleasant contrast to the birds’ gaminess. Taryn White, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wild rice was in 1748

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“Wild rice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20rice. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

wild rice

: a tall North American grass that grows in water and produces an edible grain
also : the grain

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