Rattan definition

ră-tăn, rə-
Any of various spiny climbing palms of the subfamily Calamoideae and especially the genus Calamus of tropical Africa and Asia, having long, tough, flexible stems.
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A switch or cane made from these palms.
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The stems of any of these palms, used to make furniture and other wickerwork.
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Wickerwork made of the stems of these palms.
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A stem of any of these trees, used in making furniture, etc.
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A cane or switch made from this.
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Any of several species of climbing palm of the genus Calamus.
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(uncountable) The plant used as a material.
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A cane made from this material.
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A tall palm tree (genera Calamus and Daemonorops) with long, slender, tough stems.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of rattan - ratan

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rattan
Plural:
rattans

Origin of rattan

  • Malay rōtan (perhaps from raut to pare or trim for use)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Malay rotan.

    From Wiktionary