- the strongly astringent root of any of several South American dicotyledonous plants (genus Krameria, family Krameriaceae, order Polygalales)
- any of these plants
Origin of rhatanySpanish ratania, rataña from Quechua ratánia, astringent
nounpl. rhat·a·nies, also rat·a·nies
- Any of several hemiparasitic herbs or shrubs of the genus Krameria of the Americas, having bilaterally symmetrical pink or purplish flowers and spiny fruit.
- The dried root of any of these plants, formerly used as an astringent, in various dental preparations, and as the source of a dye.
Origin of rhatanyFrom New Latin rhatania from American Spanish ratania of Quechua origin
(countable and uncountable, plural rhatanies)
- The powerfully astringent root of a half-shrubby Peruvian plant (Krameria triandra), used in medicine and to colour port wine.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.