Rice Definition

rīs
riced, rices, ricing
noun
An aquatic cereal grass (esp. Oryza sativa) grown widely in warm climates, esp. in East Asia.
Webster's New World
The starchy seeds or grains of this grass, used as food.
Webster's New World

A specific variety of this plant.

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Synonyms:
  • Sir Tim Rice
  • Timothy Miles Bindon Rice
  • Elmer Reizenstein
  • Elmer Leopold Rice
  • elmer rice
verb
To put (soft foods, as cooked potatoes) through a ricer.
Webster's New World
To throw rice at a person (usually at a wedding).
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To belittle a government emissary or similar on behalf of a more powerful militaristic state.
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To harvest wild rice Zinzania sp.

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proper name
(born Elmer Reizenstein) 1892-1967; U.S. playwright.
Webster's New World
anagram
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abbreviation

(medicine) Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation; treatment method for soft tissue injuries.

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Other Word Forms of Rice

Noun

Singular:
rice
Plural:
rices

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).

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  • 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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