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Far East staple (4 letter answer)

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The answer RICE is seen frequently, appearing about once every 90 puzzles.

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RICE as a noun:

1. grains used as food either unpolished or more often polished
2. annual or perennial rhizomatous marsh grasses; seed used for food; straw used for paper
3. (Rice, Sir Tim Rice, Timothy Miles Bindon Rice) = English lyricist who frequently worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber (born in 1944)
4. (Rice, Elmer Rice, Elmer Leopold Rice, Elmer Reizenstein) = United States playwright (1892-1967)

RICE as a verb:

1. sieve so that it becomes the consistency of rice; "rice the potatoes"