rattan palm

rattan

[ra-tan, ruh-]
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.
Also, ratan.


Origin:
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)
 
n
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
 
n
 
[C17: from Malay rōtan]

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rattan
1660, from Malay rotan, from raut "to trim, strip."
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