1. [syn: mountain rice, silkgrass, silk grass, Indian millet, Oryzopsis hymenoides]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mountain \Moun"tain\ (moun"t[i^]n), a.
1. Of or pertaining to a mountain or mountains; growing or
living on a mountain; found on or peculiar to mountains;
among mountains; as, a mountain torrent; mountain pines;
mountain goats; mountain air; mountain howitzer.
2. Like a mountain; mountainous; vast; very great.
The high, the mountain majesty of worth. --Byron.
Mountain antelope (Zool.), the goral.
Mountain ash (Bot.), an ornamental tree, the Pyrus
Americana (or Sorbus Americana), producing beautiful
bunches of red berries. Its leaves are pinnate, and its
flowers white, growing in fragrant clusters. The European
species is the Pyrus aucuparia, or rowan tree.
Mountain barometer, a portable barometer, adapted for safe
transportation, used in measuring the heights of
Mountain beaver (Zool.), the sewellel.
Mountain blue (Min.), blue carbonate of copper; azurite.
Mountain cat (Zool.), the catamount. See Catamount.
Mountain chain, a series of contiguous mountain ranges,
generally in parallel or consecutive lines or curves.
Mountain cock (Zool.), capercailzie. See Capercailzie.
Mountain cork (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling
cork in its texture.
Mountain crystal. See under Crystal.
Mountain damson (Bot.), a large tree of the genus
Simaruba (Simaruba amarga) growing in the West Indies,
which affords a bitter tonic and astringent, sometimes
used in medicine.
Mountain dew, Scotch whisky, so called because often
illicitly distilled among the mountains. [Humorous]
Mountain ebony (Bot.), a small leguminous tree (Bauhinia
variegata) of the East and West Indies; -- so called
because of its dark wood. The bark is used medicinally and
Mountain flax (Min.), a variety of asbestus, having very
fine fibers; amianthus. See Amianthus.
Mountain fringe (Bot.), climbing fumitory. See under
Mountain goat. (Zool.) See Mazama.
Mountain green. (Min.)
(a) Green malachite, or carbonate of copper.
(b) See Green earth, under Green, a.
Mountain holly (Bot.), a branching shrub (Nemopanthes
Canadensis), having smooth oblong leaves and red berries.
It is found in the Northern United States.
Mountain laurel (Bot.), an American shrub (Kalmia
latifolia) with glossy evergreen leaves and showy
clusters of rose-colored or white flowers. The foliage is
poisonous. Called also American laurel, ivy bush, and
calico bush. See Kalmia.
Mountain leather (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling
leather in its texture.
Mountain licorice (Bot.), a plant of the genus Trifolium
Mountain limestone (Geol.), a series of marine limestone
strata below the coal measures, and above the old red
standstone of Great Britain. See Chart of Geology.
Mountain linnet (Zool.), the twite.
Mountain magpie. (Zool.)
(a) The yaffle, or green woodpecker.
(b) The European gray shrike.
Mountain mahogany (Bot.) See under Mahogany.
Mountain meal (Min.), a light powdery variety of calcite,
occurring as an efflorescence.
Mountain milk (Min.), a soft spongy variety of carbonate of
Mountain mint. (Bot.) See Mint.
Mountain ousel (Zool.), the ring ousel; -- called also
mountain thrush and mountain colley. See Ousel.
Mountain pride, or Mountain green (Bot.), a tree of
Jamaica (Spathelia simplex), which has an unbranched
palmlike stem, and a terminal cluster of large, pinnate
Mountain quail (Zool.), the plumed partridge (Oreortyx
pictus) of California. It has two long, slender,
plumelike feathers on the head. The throat and sides are
chestnut; the belly is brown with transverse bars of black
and white; the neck and breast are dark gray.
Mountain range, a series of mountains closely related in
position and direction.
Mountain rice. (Bot.)
(a) An upland variety of rice, grown without irrigation,
in some parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States.
(b) An American genus of grasses (Oryzopsis).
Mountain rose (Bot.), a species of rose with solitary
flowers, growing in the mountains of Europe (Rosa
Mountain soap (Min.), a soft earthy mineral, of a brownish
color, used in crayon painting; saxonite.
Mountain sorrel (Bot.), a low perennial plant (Oxyria
digyna with rounded kidney-form leaves, and small
greenish flowers, found in the White Mountains of New
Hampshire, and in high northern latitudes. --Gray.
Mountain sparrow (Zool.), the European tree sparrow.
Mountain spinach. (Bot.) See Orach.
Mountain tobacco (Bot.), a composite plant (Arnica
montana) of Europe; called also leopard's bane.
Mountain witch (Zool.), a ground pigeon of Jamaica, of the
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rice \Rice\, n. [F. riz (cf. Pr. ris, It. riso), L. oryza, Gr.
???, ???, probably from the Persian; cf. OPers. br[imac]zi,
akin to Skr. vr[imac]hi; or perh. akin to E. rye. Cf. Rye.]
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
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: valuable forage grass of dry upland areas and plains of
western North America to northern Mexico [syn: mountain
rice, silkgrass, silk grass, Indian millet,