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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rice n.  Bot. 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.
 Ant rice. Bot. See under Ant.
 French rice. Bot. See Amelcorn.
 Indian rice., a tall reedlike water grass (Zizania aquatica), 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. Zool. Same as Ricebird.
 Rice hen Zool., the Florida gallinule.
 Rice mouse Zool., 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 Zool., 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 Zool., a small beetle (Calandra oryzae, or Sitophilus oryzae) which destroys rice, wheat, and Indian corn by eating out the interior; -- called also black weevil.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wild a. [Compar. Wilder superl. Wildest.]
 1. Living in a state of nature; inhabiting natural haunts, as the forest or open field; not familiar with, or not easily approached by, man; not tamed or domesticated; as, a wild boar; a wild ox; a wild cat.
    Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way.   --Shak.
 2. Growing or produced without culture; growing or prepared without the aid and care of man; native; not cultivated; brought forth by unassisted nature or by animals not domesticated; as, wild parsnip, wild camomile, wild strawberry, wild honey.
 The woods and desert caves,
 With wild thyme and gadding vine o'ergrown.   --Milton.
 3. Desert; not inhabited or cultivated; as, wild land.  “To trace the forests wild.”
 4. Savage; uncivilized; not refined by culture; ferocious; rude; as, wild natives of Africa or America.
 5. Not submitted to restraint, training, or regulation; turbulent; tempestuous; violent; ungoverned; licentious; inordinate; disorderly; irregular; fanciful; imaginary; visionary; crazy.  “Valor grown wild by pride.” --Prior. “A wild, speculative project.” --Swift.
 What are these
 So withered and so wild in their attire ?   --Shak.
 With mountains, as with weapons, armed; which makes
 Wild work in heaven.   --Milton.
    The wild winds howl.   --Addison.
 Search then the ruling passion, there, alone
 The wild are constant, and the cunning known.   --Pope.
 6. Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered; as, a wild roadstead.
 7. Indicating strong emotion, intense excitement, orewilderment; as, a wild look.
 8. Naut. Hard to steer; -- said of a vessel.
 Note:Many plants are named by prefixing wild to the names of other better known or cultivated plants to which they a bear a real or fancied resemblance; as, wild allspice, wild pink, etc.  See the Phrases below.
 To run wild, to go unrestrained or untamed; to live or untamed; to live or grow without culture or training.
 To sow one's wild oats. See under Oat.
 Wild allspice. Bot., spicewood.
 Wild balsam apple Bot., an American climbing cucurbitaceous plant (Echinocystis lobata).
 Wild basil Bot., a fragrant labiate herb (Calamintha Clinopodium) common in Europe and America.
 Wild bean Bot., a name of several leguminous plants, mostly species of Phaseolus and Apios.
 Wild bee Zool., any one of numerous species of undomesticated social bees, especially the domestic bee when it has escaped from domestication and built its nest in a hollow tree or among rocks.
 Wild bergamot. Bot. See under Bergamot.
 Wild boar Zool., the European wild hog (Sus scrofa), from which the common domesticated swine is descended.
 Wild brier Bot., any uncultivated species of brier.  See Brier.
 Wild bugloss Bot., an annual rough-leaved plant (Lycopsis arvensis) with small blue flowers.
 Wild camomile Bot., one or more plants of the composite genus Matricaria, much resembling camomile.
 Wild cat. Zool. (a) A European carnivore (Felis catus) somewhat resembling the domestic cat, but larger stronger, and having a short tail.  It is destructive to the smaller domestic animals, such as lambs, kids, poultry, and the like. (b) The common American lynx, or bay lynx. (c) Naut. A wheel which can be adjusted so as to revolve either with, or on, the shaft of a capstan. --Luce.
 Wild celery. Bot. See Tape grass, under Tape.
 Wild cherry. Bot. (a) Any uncultivated tree which bears cherries. The wild red cherry is Prunus Pennsylvanica.  The wild black cherry is Prunus serotina, the wood of which is much used for cabinetwork, being of a light red color and a compact texture. (b) The fruit of various species of Prunus.
 Wild cinnamon. See the Note under Canella.
 Wild comfrey Bot., an American plant (Cynoglossum Virginicum) of the Borage family. It has large bristly leaves and small blue flowers.
 Wild cumin Bot., an annual umbelliferous plant (Lagœcia cuminoides) native in the countries about the Mediterranean.
 Wild drake Zool. the mallard.
 Wild elder Bot., an American plant (Aralia hispida) of the Ginseng family.
 Wild fowl Zool. any wild bird, especially any of those considered as game birds.
 Wild goose Zool., any one of several species of undomesticated geese, especially the Canada goose (Branta Canadensis), the European bean goose, and the graylag.  See Graylag, and Bean goose, under Bean.
 Wild goose chase, the pursuit of something unattainable, or of something as unlikely to be caught as the wild goose. --Shak.
 Wild honey, honey made by wild bees, and deposited in trees, rocks, the like.
 Wild hyacinth. Bot. See Hyacinth, 1 (b).
 Wild Irishman Bot., a thorny bush (Discaria Toumatou) of the Buckthorn family, found in New Zealand, where the natives use the spines in tattooing.
 Wild land. (a) Land not cultivated, or in a state that renders it unfit for cultivation. (b) Land which is not settled and cultivated.
 Wild licorice. Bot. See under Licorice.
 Wild mammee Bot., the oblong, yellowish, acid fruit of a tropical American tree (Rheedia lateriflora); -- so called in the West Indies.
 Wild marjoram Bot., a labiate plant (Origanum vulgare) much like the sweet marjoram, but less aromatic.
 Wild oat. Bot. (a) A tall, oatlike kind of soft grass (Arrhenatherum avenaceum). (b) See Wild oats, under Oat.
 Wild pieplant Bot., a species of dock (Rumex hymenosepalus) found from Texas to California. Its acid, juicy stems are used as a substitute for the garden rhubarb.
 Wild pigeon. Zool. (a) The rock dove. (b) The passenger pigeon.
 Wild pink Bot., an American plant (Silene Pennsylvanica) with pale, pinkish flowers; a kind of catchfly.
 Wild plantain Bot., an arborescent endogenous herb (Heliconia Bihai), much resembling the banana. Its leaves and leaf sheaths are much used in the West Indies as coverings for packages of merchandise.
 Wild plum. Bot. (a) Any kind of plum growing without cultivation. (b) The South African prune.  See under Prune.
 Wild rice. Bot. See Indian rice, under Rice.
 Wild rosemary Bot., the evergreen shrub Andromeda polifolia.  See Marsh rosemary, under Rosemary.
 Wild sage. Bot. See Sagebrush.
 Wild sarsaparilla Bot., a species of ginseng (Aralia nudicaulis) bearing a single long-stalked leaf.
 Wild sensitive plant Bot., either one of two annual leguminous herbs (Cassia Chamaecrista, and Cassia nictitans), in both of which the leaflets close quickly when the plant is disturbed.
 Wild service.Bot. See Sorb.
 Wild Spaniard Bot., any one of several umbelliferous plants of the genus Aciphylla, natives of New Zealand. The leaves bear numerous bayonetlike spines, and the plants form an impenetrable thicket.
 Wild turkey. Zool. See 2d Turkey.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Zi·za·ni·a n.  Bot. A genus of grasses including Indian rice.  See Indian rice, under Rice.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·di·an a.
 1. Of or pertaining to India proper; also to the East Indies, or, sometimes, to the West Indies.
 2. Of or pertaining to the aborigines, or Indians, of America; as, Indian wars; the Indian tomahawk.
 3. Made of maize or Indian corn; as, Indian corn, Indian meal, Indian bread, and the like. [U.S.]
 Indian bay Bot., a lauraceous tree (Persea Indica).
 Indian bean Bot., a name of the catalpa.
 Indian berry. Bot. Same as Cocculus indicus.
 Indian bread. Bot. Same as Cassava.
 Indian club, a wooden club, which is swung by the hand for gymnastic exercise.
 Indian cordage, cordage made of the fibers of cocoanut husk.
 Indian cress Bot., nasturtium. See Nasturtium, 2.
 Indian cucumber Bot., a plant of the genus Medeola (Medeola Virginica), a common in woods in the United States.  The white rootstock has a taste like cucumbers.
 Indian currant Bot., a plant of the genus Symphoricarpus (Symphoricarpus vulgaris), bearing small red berries.
 Indian dye, the puccoon.
 Indian fig. Bot. (a) The banyan. See Banyan. (b) The prickly pear.
 Indian file, single file; arrangement of persons in a row following one after another, the usual way among Indians of traversing woods, especially when on the war path.
 Indian fire, a pyrotechnic composition of sulphur, niter, and realgar, burning with a brilliant white light.
 Indian grass Bot., a coarse, high grass (Chrysopogon nutans), common in the southern portions of the United States; wood grass. --Gray.
 Indian hemp. Bot. (a) A plant of the genus Apocynum (Apocynum cannabinum), having a milky juice, and a tough, fibrous bark, whence the name. The root it used in medicine and is both emetic and cathartic in properties. (b) The variety of common hemp (Cannabis Indica), from which hasheesh is obtained.
 Indian mallow Bot., the velvet leaf (Abutilon Avicennæ). See Abutilon.
 Indian meal, ground corn or maize. [U.S.]
 Indian millet Bot., a tall annual grass (Sorghum vulgare), having many varieties, among which are broom corn, Guinea corn, durra, and the Chinese sugar cane. It is called also Guinea corn. See Durra.
 Indian ox Zool., the zebu.
 Indian paint. See Bloodroot.
 Indian paper. See India paper, under India.
 Indian physic Bot., a plant of two species of the genus Gillenia (Gillenia trifoliata, and Gillenia stipulacea), common in the United States, the roots of which are used in medicine as a mild emetic; -- called also American ipecac, and bowman's root. --Gray.
 Indian pink. Bot. (a) The Cypress vine (Ipomœa Quamoclit); -- so called in the West Indies. (b) See China pink, under China.
 Indian pipe Bot., a low, fleshy herb (Monotropa uniflora), growing in clusters in dark woods, and having scalelike leaves, and a solitary nodding flower. The whole plant is waxy white, but turns black in drying.
 Indian plantain Bot., a name given to several species of the genus Cacalia, tall herbs with composite white flowers, common through the United States in rich woods. --Gray.
 Indian poke Bot., a plant usually known as the white hellebore (Veratrum viride).
 Indian pudding, a pudding of which the chief ingredients are Indian meal, milk, and molasses.
 Indian purple. (a) A dull purple color. (b) The pigment of the same name, intensely blue and black.
 Indian red. (a) A purplish red earth or pigment composed of a silicate of iron and alumina, with magnesia. It comes from the Persian Gulf. Called also Persian red. (b) See Almagra.
 Indian rice Bot., a reedlike water grass. See Rice.
 Indian shot Bot., a plant of the genus Canna (Canna Indica).  The hard black seeds are as large as swan shot. See Canna.
 Indian summer, in the United States, a period of warm and pleasant weather occurring late in autumn. See under Summer.
 Indian tobacco Bot., a species of Lobelia. See Lobelia.
 Indian turnip Bot., an American plant of the genus Arisæma. Arisæma triphyllum has a wrinkled farinaceous root resembling a small turnip, but with a very acrid juice. See Jack in the Pulpit, and Wake-robin.
 Indian wheat, maize or Indian corn.
 Indian yellow. (a) An intense rich yellow color, deeper than gamboge but less pure than cadmium. (b) See Euxanthin.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 Indian rice
      n : grains of aquatic grass of North America [syn: wild rice]