- Also called rattan palm. any of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus or allied genera.
- the tough stems of such palms, used for wickerwork, canes, etc.
- a stick or switch of this material.
Origin of rattan
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.
Thus, in a very short time, Ratan had got as far as the double consonants.
With an overflowing heart Ratan rushed into the room with her—‘Were you calling me, Dada?’
Ratan had borne many a scolding from her master without complaint, but these kind words she could not bear.
Just before starting he called Ratan, and said: ‘Here is something for you; I hope it will keep you for some little time.’
- a variant spelling of rattan
- any of the climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera, having tough stems used for wickerwork and canes
- the stems of such plants collectively
- a stick made from one of these stems
C17: from Malay rōtan
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Word Origin and History for ratan
1650s, from Malay rotan, from raut "to trim, strip, peel, pare."
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