From Middle English rys, from Old French ris, from Old Italian riso, risi, from Byzantine Greek ὄρυζα or óruza, from an Eastern Iranian language related to Middle Persian blnj or *brinǰ. Theorized to come to Iranian languages from Sanskrit व्रीहि or vrīhi.
Prior to Sanskrit, it is speculated to be either a borrowing from a Dravidian language (compare Proto-Dravidian *wariñci (rice)), thence from Austroasiatic languages such as Proto-Mon-Khmer *sruʔ (paddy rice).
rice (countable and uncountable, plural rices)
- (uncountable) Cereal plants, Oryza sativa of the grass family whose seeds are used as food.
- (countable) A specific variety of this plant.
- (uncountable) The seeds of this plant used as food.
- black rice
- brown rice
- fried rice
- golden rice
- Mexican rice
- puffed rice
- rice cake
- rice milk
- rice paddy
- rice pudding
- rice water
- rice wine
- Spanish rice
- white rice
- wild rice
rice (third-person singular simple present rices, present participle ricing, simple past and past participle riced)
- (transitive) To squeeze through a ricer; to mash or make into rice-sized pieces (especially potatoes).
- (intransitive) To harvest wild rice.
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