[ra-tan, ruh-]
Also called rattan palm. any of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus or allied genera.
the tough stems of such palms, used for wickerwork, canes, etc.
a stick or switch of this material.
Also, ratan.

1650–60; by uncertain mediation < Malay rotan, alleged to derive from rout scrape off, with -an nominalizing suffix

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rattan or ratan (ræˈtæn)
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
[C17: from Malay rōtan]
ratan or ratan
[C17: from Malay rōtan]

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Word Origin & History

1660, from Malay rotan, from raut "to trim, strip."
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Example sentences
Dawn mists cling to the leaves of ginger and mango trees erupting out of a
  tangle of ferns, rattan and yam vines.
Larger rooms include a small table with rattan chairs.
The bungalows have spa bathrooms, air conditioning and rattan and teak
The central lounge reeks of smoke, and the rattan furnishings of the sidewalk
  grill are unraveling.
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