A specific variety of this plant.
- Sir Tim Rice
- Timothy Miles Bindon Rice
- Elmer Reizenstein
- Elmer Leopold Rice
- elmer rice
To harvest wild rice Zinzania sp.
Other Word Forms of Rice
Origin of Rice
Middle English rys, from Old French ris, from Old Italian riso, risi, from Byzantine Greek ὄρυζα (óryza), ὄρυζον (óryzon). This is usually held to be a borrowing from Old Iranian (cf. Old Persian brizi, Pashto wrižē, Kurdish birinc), in turn probably borrowed from Sanskrit व्रीहि (vrÄ«hí). The Sanskrit term is either a loan from Dravidian - compare Proto-Dravidian *wariñci (“rice") - or, according to Witzel, borrowed from an unknown South Asian, possibly Austroasiatic, source, with the Dravidian word being an independent borrowing of another variant. Old Tamil அரிசி (arici), from earlier *ariki, is not the source of the Greek word, however, according to Krishnamurti (2003) apud Witzel (2009). In contrast, Witzel (1999) had maintained, following Southworth (1979), that the Greek term goes back to Old Tamil arici - itself from an older form *ariki, an early (ca. 1500 BC) borrowing from Munda according to Southworth (1988).
Middle English from Old French ris from Old Italian riso from Latin oryza from Greek oruza of Indo-Iranian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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