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ratan

[ra-tan, ruh-]
noun
  1. rattan.
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rattan

or ra·tan

[ra-tan, ruh-]
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.
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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.

    Mashi and Other Stories

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for ratan

ratan

noun
  1. a variant spelling of rattan
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rattan

ratan

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
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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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