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rice

[rahys] /raɪs/
noun
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, ricing.
3.
to reduce to a form resembling rice:
to rice potatoes.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English ris, rys < Old French < Italian riso, risi (in Medieval Latin risium) < Medieval Greek orýzion, derivative of Greek óryza
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British Dictionary definitions for rices

rice

/raɪs/
noun
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
verb
3.
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to sieve (potatoes or other vegetables) to a coarse mashed consistency, esp with a ricer
See also Indian rice
Word Origin
C13 rys, via French, Italian, and Latin from Greek orūza, of Oriental origin

Rice

/raɪs/
noun
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

RICE

/raɪs/
noun acronym
1.
rest, ice, compression, elevation: the recommended procedure for controlling inflammation in injured limbs or joints
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Word Origin and History for rices

rice

n.

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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