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rhatany

[ rat-n-ee ]
/ ˈræt n i /
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noun, plural rhat·a·nies.
either of two South American shrubs belonging to the genus Krameria, of the legume family, K. tiandra(knotty rhatany, or Peruvian rhatany ) or K. argentea(Brazilian rhatany, or Pará rhatany ).
the root of either of these plants, used as an astringent and tonic in medicine and also to color port wine.
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Origin of rhatany

First recorded in 1800–10; from New Latin rhatania, from Latin American Spanish rataña, Portuguese ratánhia, from Quechua ratánya; the rh- is by analogy with Greek scientific terms beginning with rh-, e.g., rhododendron,rheumatic
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British Dictionary definitions for rhatany

rhatany
/ (ˈrætənɪ) /

noun plural -nies
either of two South American leguminous shrubs, Krameria triandra or K. argentea, that have thick fleshy roots
the dried roots of such shrubs used as an astringent
Also called: krameria

Word Origin for rhatany

C19: from New Latin rhatānia, ultimately from Quechua ratánya
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