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ratan

[ra-tan, ruh-] /ræˈtæn, rə-/
noun
1.

rattan

or ratan

[ra-tan, ruh-] /ræˈtæn, rə-/
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.
Origin of rattan
1650-1660
1650-60; by uncertain mediation < Malay rotan, alleged to derive from rout scrape off, with -an nominalizing suffix
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  • After a while ratan rose, and went off to the kitchen to prepare the meal; but she was not so quick about it as on other days.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • While ratan was awaiting her call, the postmaster was awaiting a reply to his application.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • The master said: "You need not be anxious about my going away, ratan; I shall tell my successor to look after you."

    Stories from Tagore Rabindranath Tagore
  • With an overflowing heart ratan rushed into the room with her—‘Were you calling me, Dada?’

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • The roof is carefully thatched with the leaves of the nipa-palm and these are sewn into a thick mat with ratan.

  • He had to cook his own meals, which he used to share with ratan, an orphan girl of the village, who did odd jobs for him.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • Bamboo and ratan, whole or split, afford the materials for all these baskets and cages.

  • At last ratan would enter, with puffed-out cheeks, vigorously blowing into a flame a live coal to light the tobacco.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • Just before starting he called ratan, and said: ‘Here is something for you; I hope it will keep you for some little time.’

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
British Dictionary definitions for ratan

ratan

/ræˈtæn/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of rattan

rattan

/ræˈtæn/
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
Word Origin
C17: from Malay rōtan
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Word Origin and History for ratan

rattan

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

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