Definition of rice in English:



mass noun
  • 1A swamp grass which is widely cultivated as a source of food, especially in Asia.

    Oryza sativa, family Gramineae. African rice belongs to the related species O. glaberrima, whereas the so-called wild rice is not a true rice at all

    • ‘They grow rice, mostly of the dry land varieties, and vegetables in abundance.’
    • ‘This has been done for agronomic traits in barley and for blight resistance in chickpea and rice.’
    • ‘The individual grains of wheat and rice are also fruits by this definition.’
    • ‘He had five hectares of land, on which he grew rice and maize, and which was ploughed by horses.’
    • ‘The main crops that are harvested for this are maize, rice, wheat, and potatoes.’
    • ‘The Honglian-type hybrid rice has also been widely cultivated in China.’
    • ‘Results presented in this study are in good agreement with those reported for other monocotyledons such as maize and rice.’
    • ‘Indeed, rice coleoptiles are one of the few plant organs that can grow under anoxia.’
    • ‘The remaining 43 % of the planted land does not involve HR rice at all.’
    • ‘The wild and weedy rice taxa were used as pollen recipients, whereas the cultivated rice was used as the pollen donor.’
    • ‘Moreover, they tended to live near dykes designed to irrigate rice farms.’
    • ‘The draft genome sequences for japonica and indica rice have been published recently.’
    • ‘Barley is also an important cereal crop species ranking fourth in the world after rice, the wheats, and maize.’
    • ‘Two or three genes encode sucrose synthase isozymes in monocot species such as maize, barley, wheat, and rice.’
    • ‘With the exceptions of oats and rice, the major endosperm storage proteins of all cereal grains are prolamins.’
    • ‘A rice paddy and a small canal separated the advance platoon and the village.’
    • ‘This indicates that similar mechanisms may trigger anther dehiscence in rice and two-rowed barley.’
    • ‘Glutinous rice is grown especially for use in this traditional dessert.’
    • ‘These results indicate that in barley, as in rice, GS2 is associated with photorespiration.’
    • ‘So, a strong case exists for substantial de novo protein synthesis in anoxic rice coleoptiles.’
    1. 1.1 The grains of rice used as food.
      • ‘Scatter with coriander and serve with plenty of rice and a bowl of thick Greek-style yoghurt.’
      • ‘Other popular desserts are pastries, milk and egg pudding, and rice pudding.’
      • ‘Transfer to a serving dish and serve with steamed basmati rice.’
      • ‘Return the scallops to the pan, season with cracked black pepper and spoon over steaming jasmine rice to serve.’
      • ‘She made us buttered rice flavoured with cumin, cardamom, cinnamon and Zanzibar cloves.’
      • ‘Serve this thick stew with hot cooked basmati rice.’
      • ‘My options are plain boiled rice with soy sauce or a bowl of miso soup.’
      • ‘Stir them into the rice with the grated Parmesan and a grinding of black pepper.’
      • ‘The vegan diet does not allow any animal products at all, only fruits, vegetables, grains, rice and pulses.’
      • ‘Toss the vegetables around gently in the sauce and aromatics, then serve with the coriander rice.’
      • ‘Sticky rice is eaten with the fingers, so one doesn't need dishes or silverware.’
      • ‘Firni belongs to an extensive family of sweet dishes, all based on milk with rice flour or cornflour.’
      • ‘Add the rice and blanch the grains for 5 minutes, then drain and spread out on a tray.’
      • ‘Add the cornflour mixed with rice wine, and bring to the boil, stirring gently until the sauce thickens.’
      • ‘Bread or basmati rice is traditionally served with meals.’
      • ‘Pasta can be made from soft wheat, durum wheat, buckwheat, rice, soya beans and mung beans.’
      • ‘Serve chicken with jasmine rice cooked with some lemon zest and chicken stock.’
      • ‘To turn them into a meal, serve with rice and steamed mangetout or broccoli.’
      • ‘Avoid fatty and fried foods and stick to starchy foods like rice, potatoes and pasta.’
      • ‘In a large saucepan, sauté the shallot with olive oil, then add the curry powder and rice.’

Rice provides the staple diet of half the world's population and is second only to wheat in terms of total output. Rice seedlings are usually planted in flooded fields or paddies, so that terraces are necessary on hillsides and a reliable source of water is essential


[with object]North American
  • Force (cooked potatoes or other vegetables) through a sieve or ricer.

    ‘riced boiled potatoes’
    • ‘It was nice as a small evening meal, but for something a bit more filling, I'd do riced potatoes (or mash - but Per pretty much hates mash and won't eat it) and possibly a lemon sauce.’


Middle English: from Old French ris, from Italian riso, from Greek oruza.