wild rice


Definition of 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 Swapping those out for whole-food versions, including fruits, vegetables, and small portions of whole grains such as oatmeal, quinoa, wild rice, and bulgar, is a great way start. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "The Lazy Keto Diet Is the Latest Health Craze, But Should You Try It?," 17 June 2020 Yet few of these traditions are as culturally or religiously important as native wild rice harvesting. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Climate Change Threatens the Ancient Wild Rice Traditions of the Ojibwe," 1 June 2020 Some of the most productive wild rice beds are in Lake Superior sloughs and backwaters. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Climate Change Threatens the Ancient Wild Rice Traditions of the Ojibwe," 1 June 2020 Rice cookers can be used for all types of rice, including white, brown, long-grain, short-grain, jasmine, basmati, and wild rice. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, "Exactly How to Make Rice in a Rice Cooker," 21 Apr. 2020 To this day, wild rice is an important part of Ojibwe culture. Liv Martin, Twin Cities, "New Minnesota History Center exhibit tells stories from a native perspective," 1 Dec. 2019 Choose whole-wheat bread and pasta, and replace white rice with brown or wild rice. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Overcome the coronavirus meat shortage by adopting one of the world's healthiest diets," 20 May 2020 The shallows of some area rivers are blanketed with swaths of wild rice, which is so abundant and easy to source, tribes fought wars for rights to the territory. Ben Romans, Outdoor Life, "Want to Catch a Muskie on a Fly Rod? Never Give Up," 13 Mar. 2020 But there’s also kamut, teff, millet, wild rice, buckwheat, cornmeal and even pasta. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "The Meat-Lover’s Guide to Eating Less Meat," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of wild rice

1748, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2020

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“Wild rice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20rice. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wild rice

: a kind of grain that is produced by a tall North American plant that grows in water

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