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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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  • This is effected by inclining it downward every day, a piece of rattan or vine being used to retain it in position.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • He walked to the jetty and began casting off the rattan painter of his canoe.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • Two more rings, the same size as the first one, are made with the other pieces of rattan.

  • The fastenings of the entire work were of rattan, which is found in plenty.

  • The men dreaded it more than they did even his rattan, and that, in his hand, was a somewhat formidable weapon.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • There may be a couch, or more of them, of bamboo and rattan.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Then I walk up and down energetically while we are waiting for a new stock of rattan, but that has no better effect.

    Within Prison Walls Thomas Mott Osborne
  • This is played with a light ball or woven framework of rattan.

  • But always it was lined up again to face the man who rapped its knees with the rattan.

British Dictionary definitions for 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 rattan

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

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