1. the starchy seeds or grain of an annual marsh grass, Oryza sativa, cultivated in warm climates and used for food.
  2. the grass itself.

verb (used with object), riced, ric·ing.

  1. to reduce to a form resembling rice: to rice potatoes.


  1. Anne,born 1941, U.S. novelist.
  2. DanDaniel McLaren, 1823–1900, U.S. circus clown, circus owner, and Union patriot.
  3. Elmer,1892–1967, U.S. playwright.
  4. Jerry Lee,born 1962, U.S. football player.
  5. Grant·land [grant-luh nd] /ˈgrænt lənd/, 1880–1954, U.S. journalist.


  1. an erect grass, Oryza sativa, that grows in East Asia on wet ground and has drooping flower spikes and yellow oblong edible grains that become white when polished
  2. the grain of this plant


  1. (tr) US and Canadian to sieve (potatoes or other vegetables) to a coarse mashed consistency, esp with a ricer


  1. Elmer, original name Elmer Reizenstein . 1892–1967, US dramatist. His plays include The Adding Machine (1923) and Street Scene (1929), which was made into a musical by Kurt Weill in 1947

n acronym for

  1. rest, ice, compression, elevation: the recommended procedure for controlling inflammation in injured limbs or joints

mid-13c., from Old French ris, from Italian riso, from Latin oriza, from Greek oryza “rice,” via an Indo-Iranian language (cf. Pashto vriže, Old Persian brizi), ultimately from Sanskrit vrihi-s “rice.” The Greek word is the ultimate source of all European words (Welsh reis, German reis, Lithuanian rysai, Serbo-Croatian riza, Polish ryż, etc.). Introduced 1647 in the Carolinas. Rice paper (1822), originally used in China, Japan, etc., is made from straw of rice.

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