ricer (plural ricers)

  1. (US) A person, especially a Native American, who cultivates and harvests rice.
    • 1967, The New Yorker, Volume 43, Part 6, page 41 ↗:
      He opened the cashbox and counted out the money, and Martin handed it on to one of the ricers.
      "Where are you guys ricing tomorrow?" he said.
      "Down in the Refuge," the ricer with the money said.
    • 1988, Thomas Vennum, Wild Rice and the Ojibway People, page 229 ↗:
      In exchange for use of a buyer's boat, the ricers were to sell what they harvested exclusively to him.
    • 1999 September 19, Winona LaDuke, Under the Wild Rice Moon, Minneapolis Star Tribune, reprinted in 2002, The Winona LaDuke Reader: A Collection of Essential Writings, page 30 ↗:
      There are also lots of ricers. By two weeks into ricing season, Native Harvest bought from 30 or 40 ricers.
  2. (cooking) A utensil used to extrude soft foods (such as, and especially, cooked potato) through holes about the diameter of a grain of rice.
    Synonyms: potato ricer
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    • 2007, Patricia Webster Stewart, Stuck in My Own Family Tree, page 25 ↗:
      He cooked a roast, made applesauce with the ricer and used every size pan he could find to cook vegetables.
    • 2008, Leanne Kitchen, The Greengrocer, page 14 ↗:
      Ricers can also be used for mashing other root vegetables, as well as starchy ones like broad (fava) beans and peas.
    • 2013, Tara Mataraza Desmond, Choosing Sides: From Holidays to Every Day, 130 Delicious Recipes to Make the Meal, unnumbered page ↗:
      Passing cooked chunks through a basic, inexpensive handheld ricer maximizes their texture, which is less starchy than their russet brethren, and makes a soft, dry pile that simply stirs into creamy, smooth mounds.
  3. (US, slang, derogatory) An imported automobile from an Oriental country, deemed inferior because it is low-powered and/or cheap.
    Synonyms: rice burner
  4. (US, slang, derogatory) A person who drives such an automobile.
  5. (US, slang, derogatory) A person who modifies such an automobile using after-market parts to give it the appearance of being more powerful or sporty.
  • German: Kartoffelpresse
  • Italian: schiacciapatate
  • Russian: пресс-пюре́
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