or ra·tan

[ ra-tan, ruh- ]
/ ræˈtæn, rə- /


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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/ (ræˈtæn) /


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

Word Origin for rattan

C17: from Malay rōtan
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