from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cereal grass (Oryza sativa) that is cultivated extensively in warm climates for its edible grain.
  • n. The starchy grain of this plant, used as a staple food throughout the world.
  • transitive v. To sieve (food) to the consistency of rice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cereal plants (Oryza sativa) of the grass family whose seeds are used as food.
  • n. A specific variety of this plant.
  • n. The seeds of this plant used as food.
  • v. to squeeze through a ricer; to mash or make into rice-sized pieces
  • v. to throw rice at a person (usually at a wedding).
  • v. to belittle a government emissary or similar on behalf of a more powerful militaristic state
  • v. to harvest wild rice Zinzania sp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A well-known cereal grass (Oryza sativa) and its seed. This plant is extensively cultivated in warm climates, and the grain forms a large portion of the food of the inhabitants. In America it grows chiefly on low, moist land, which can be overflowed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The grain of the rice-plant.
  • n. The rice-plant, Oryza sativa.
  • n. Rice produced in India.
  • n. Another spelling of rise.
  • n.
  • n. A collapsible hexagonal reel upon which a hank of yarn is placed for winding on a bobbin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. sieve so that it becomes the consistency of rice
  • n. grains used as food either unpolished or more often polished
  • n. annual or perennial rhizomatous marsh grasses; seed used for food; straw used for paper
  • n. English lyricist who frequently worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber (born in 1944)
  • n. United States playwright (1892-1967)


Middle English, from Old French ris, from Old Italian riso, from Latin oryza, from Greek oruza, of Indo-Iranian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English rys, from Old French ris, from Old Italian riso, risi, from Byzantine Greek ὄρυζα (óryza), ὄρυζον (óryzon). This is usually held to be a borrowing from Old Iranian (cf. Old Persian brizi, Pashto wrižē, Kurdish birinc), in turn probably borrowed from Sanskrit व्रीहि (vrīhí). The Sanskrit term is either a loan from Dravidian – compare Proto-Dravidian *wariñci (“rice”) – or, according to Witzel, borrowed from an unknown South Asian, possibly Austroasiatic, source, with the Dravidian word being an independent borrowing of another variant. Old Tamil அரிசி (arici), from earlier *ariki, is not the source of the Greek word, however, according to Krishnamurti (2003) apud Witzel (2009).[2] In contrast, Witzel (1999) had maintained, following Southworth (1979), that the Greek term goes back to Old Tamil arici – itself from an older form *ariki, an early (ca. 1500 BC) borrowing from Munda according to Southworth (1988).[3] (Wiktionary)



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  • I’m at 10,000 grains now; it says “You have donated 10000 grains of rice. Wow! Now THAT is impressive!” and the bowl is empty again. There are a few screen shots of that on the Internets.

    Edit: At 20,000 it says “You have donated 20000 grains of rice.
    Wow! We're speechless!”

    February 17, 2010

  • They have 60 levels now. What are your scores? And is there really a surprise when you reach 10,000 grains?

    February 15, 2010

  • "Captured at Yorktown, "29 barrels rice, 1,500 lb."

    Charlie_Bravo, you're incorrigible!! (gotta luv ya 'tho)...

    November 3, 2007

  • I worked like a maniac for an hour and finally hit 50. The random feature offered up some duplicates, which I had already learned, don't ya know. :o)

    November 3, 2007

  • Hideously addictive. My high was 47, but I'm a dolt. Wonder what their data source is.

    November 3, 2007

  • And I thought Wordie was addictive! I hit 50 on occasion, but then would drop back to the 46 to 48 range. You have to get three right in a row to go up a level, but each miss drops you a level.

    November 3, 2007

  • Don't feel bad, uselessness, it's supposedly very rare for anyone to get over 48, much less stay there. 47 seems quite respectable.

    November 3, 2007

  • Captured at Yorktown, "29 barrels rice, 1,500 lb."

    October 29, 2007

  • For an interesting conversation about the nature of riceness, see the page white on rice.

    October 29, 2007

  • There are fifty levels. I couldn't stay consistently above 47.

    October 19, 2007

  • I got up to about five bowls or so before I had to stop. Fun, though!

    October 19, 2007

  • Is Condi in trouble? Has she been rendered?

    October 19, 2007

  • Cool! Anybody know how high the levels go?

    October 19, 2007

  • Neat! And as a bonus, it feeds our word habits! Thanks, uselessness.

    October 19, 2007

  • Free Rice! Not for you, silly, for starving people around the world. All you have to do is show your vocabluaric prowess (no shortage of that around here), and you can help end hunger.

    October 19, 2007