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rattan

or ra·tan

[ra-tan, ruh-]
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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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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 rattan

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

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