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ratan

[ra-tan, ruh-] /ræˈtæn, rə-/
noun
1.

rattan

or ratan

[ra-tan, ruh-] /ræˈtæn, rə-/
noun
1.
Also called rattan palm. any of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus or allied genera.
2.
the tough stems of such palms, used for wickerwork, canes, etc.
3.
a stick or switch of this material.
Origin of rattan
1650-1660
1650-60; by uncertain mediation < Malay rotan, alleged to derive from rout scrape off, with -an nominalizing suffix
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  • While ratan was awaiting her call, the postmaster was awaiting a reply to his application.

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  • Thus, in a very short time, ratan had got as far as the double consonants.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • With an overflowing heart ratan rushed into the room with her—‘Were you calling me, Dada?’

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • ratan had borne many a scolding from her master without complaint, but these kind words she could not bear.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • Just before starting he called ratan, and said: ‘Here is something for you; I hope it will keep you for some little time.’

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • He had to cook his own meals, which he used to share with ratan, an orphan girl of the village, who did odd jobs for him.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • At last ratan would enter, with puffed-out cheeks, vigorously blowing into a flame a live coal to light the tobacco.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • ratan would squat on the floor near the postmaster's feet, as memories crowded in upon her.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • ratan was then sprawling beneath the guava-tree, busily engaged in eating unripe guavas.

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British Dictionary definitions for ratan

ratan

/ræˈtæn/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of rattan

rattan

/ræˈtæn/
noun
1.
any of the climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera, having tough stems used for wickerwork and canes
2.
the stems of such plants collectively
3.
a stick made from one of these stems
Word Origin
C17: from Malay rōtan
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Word Origin and History for ratan

rattan

1650s, from Malay rotan, from raut "to trim, strip, peel, pare."

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