One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The texture or structural composition of a material containing elongated constituent elements or having a longitudinal arrangement; especially the longitudinal grain of wood.
Of rice: having long grains.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Elyot (c1490–1546), humanist and diplomat. From long + grain.
long grain/ˈlɒŋ ˌɡreɪn/
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