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.
- Sometimes ra·tan .
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How to use rattan in a sentence
Reed, willow, rattan … strong, durable fibers that are lightweight.
This set merges the durability and quality of metal with the warmth of elements like rattan and wood grain.
As the marines followed Green in, led by Major Russell with his rattan cane, one of them was shot in the face, and another killed.When Robert E. Lee Met John Brown and Saved the Union | Michael Korda | May 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The rein was fastened to a piece of split rattan drawn through the animal's nose.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
Then with the aid of rattan nooses they drew it up on the shore, and with their sharp knives proceeded to strip away the skin.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
Nevertheless, this modern Epaminondas made use of the rattan in his choleric moments, and advised its use!The Reign of Greed | Jose Rizal
In one hand he carries a short rattan stick, which he twirls in his fingers carelessly.Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York | Lemuel Ely Quigg
It was there that I learned the art of weaving reeds and rattan, and carving curious designs upon wood.The Surprises of Life | Georges Clemenceau
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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