Rice is a kind of plant, as well as the grain that comes from it. At some Chinese restaurants, you get a choice between white rice and brown rice.

White rice is processed or "polished," so the outer germ is removed — it's a staple of Chinese and Indian cuisine, among others. There are many varieties of rice, defined by the color and length of the individual grain. When rice is a verb, it means "force through a sieve," or in other words, to take something like a potato and make it look like rice. We can trace the origin of rice back to the Sanskrit vrihi-s.

Definitions of rice

n annual or perennial rhizomatous marsh grasses; seed used for food; straw used for paper

Oryza sativa, cultivated rice
yields the staple food of 50 percent of world's population
Type of:
cereal, cereal grass
grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet

n grains used as food either unpolished or more often polished

brown rice
unpolished rice retaining the yellowish-brown outer layer
polished rice, white rice
having husk or outer brown layers removed
rice in the husk either gathered or still in the field
Type of:
foodstuff rich in natural starch (especially potatoes, rice, bread)
cereal, food grain, grain
foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses

v sieve so that it becomes the consistency of rice

rice the potatoes”
Type of:
sieve, sift, strain
separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

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