Ant rice. (Bot.) See under Ant. French rice. (Bot.) See Amelcorn. Indian rice., a tall
reedlike water grass bearing panicles of a long, slender grain, much used for food by North American
Indians. It is common in shallow water in the Northern States. Called also water oat, Canadian wild
rice, etc. Mountain rice, any species of an American genus (Oryzopsis) of grasses, somewhat
resembling rice. Rice bunting. (Zoöl.) Same as Ricebird. Rice hen (Zoöl.), the Florida gallinule.
Rice mouse (Zoöl.), a large dark-colored field mouse (Calomys palistris) of the Southern United
States. - - Rice paper, a kind of thin, delicate paper, brought from China, used for painting upon,
and for the manufacture of fancy articles. It is made by cutting the pith of a large herb (Fatsia papyrifera,
related to the ginseng) into one roll or sheet, which is flattened out under pressure. Called also pith
paper. Rice troupial (Zoöl.), the bobolink. Rice water, a drink for invalids made by boiling a
small quantity of rice in water. Rice-water discharge (Med.), a liquid, resembling rice water in
appearance, which is vomited, and discharged from the bowels, in cholera. Rice weevil (Zoöl.), a
small beetle (Calandra, or Sitophilus, oryzæ) which destroys rice, wheat, and Indian corn by eating out the
interior; called also black weevil.
(Rice"bird`) n. (Zoöl.) (a) The Java sparrow. (b) The bobolink.
(Rice"-shell`) n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of small white polished marine shells
of the genus Olivella.
(Rich), a. [Compar. Richer ; superl. Richest.] [OE. riche, AS. rice rich, powerful; akin to OS.
riki, D. rijk, G. reich, OHG. rihhi, Icel. rikr, Sw. rik, Dan. rig, Goth. reiks; from a word meaning,
ruler, king, probably borrowed from Celtic, and akin to L. rex, regis, king, regere to guide, rule. &radic283.
See Right, and cf. Derrick, Enrich, Rajah, Riches, Royal.]
1. Having an abundance of material possessions; possessed of a large amount of property; well supplied
with land, goods, or money; wealthy; opulent; affluent; opposed to poor. "Rich merchants." Chaucer.
The rich [person] hath many friends.Prov. xiv. 20.
As a thief, bent to unhoard the cashMilton.
Of some rich burgher.
2. Hence, in general, well supplied; abounding; abundant; copious; bountiful; as, a rich treasury; a rich
entertainment; a rich crop.
If life be short, it shall be glorious;Rowe.
Each minute shall be rich in some great action.
The gorgeous East with richest handMilton.
Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold.
3. Yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitful; as, rich soil or land; a rich mine.
4. Composed of valuable or costly materials or ingredients; procured at great outlay; highly valued; precious; sumptuous; costly; as,
a rich dress; rich silk or fur; rich presents.
Like to rich and various gems.Milton.
5. Abounding in agreeable or nutritive qualities; especially applied to articles of food or drink which
are high-seasoned or abound in oleaginous ingredients, or are sweet, luscious, and high-flavored; as, a
rich dish; rich cream or soup; rich pastry; rich wine or fruit.
Sauces and rich spices are fetched from India.Baker.
6. Not faint or delicate; vivid; as, a rich color.
7. Full of sweet and harmonius sounds; as, a rich voice; rich music.