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rice paper

a thin paper made from the straw of rice, as in China.
a Chinese paper consisting of the pith of certain plants cut and pressed into thin sheets.
Origin of rice paper
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for rice-paper
Historical Examples
  • Scotty drew out his book of rice-paper again almost involuntarily.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
  • Notwithstanding its name, rice-paper has really nothing to do with rice.

  • Chinese rice-paper is a thing which we frequently hear of, but do not often see.

  • From the pith of A. papyrifĕra is obtained the Chinese rice-paper.

  • "Take her a minute while I get the makings," he said, dry-lipped, feeling in his pockets for tobacco and the rice-paper.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • The small window had been covered with a rice-paper design of Jesse's Rod.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • The ex-cowboy mine owner drew a long breath and felt for his tobacco-sack and rice-paper.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • What cutting out of leaves and detaching of rice-paper landscapes!

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  • The woman in her gay silks and embroideries looked like a painting on rice-paper.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • I worship your image, and I kiss the rice-paper which enfolds the eyelash you gave me at parting.

British Dictionary definitions for rice-paper

rice paper

a thin semitransparent edible paper made from the straw of rice, on which macaroons and similar cakes are baked
a thin delicate Chinese paper made from an araliaceous plant, Tetrapanax papyriferum (rice-paper plant) of Taiwan, the pith of which is pared and flattened into sheets
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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