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 (mə-lăk′ə, -lä′kə)
The stem of a rattan palm, formerly used for making canes and umbrella handles.

[After Malacca (now Melaka), a town of western Malaysia.]
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(məˈlækə) or

malacca cane

1. (Plants) the stem of the rattan palm
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a walking stick made from this stem


(məˈlækə) or


(Placename) a state of SW Peninsular Malaysia: rubber plantations. Capital: Malacca. Pop: 635 791 (2000). Area: 1683 sq km (650 sq miles)
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(məˈlæk ə, -ˈlɑ kə)

1. a state in Malaysia, on the SW Malay Peninsula. 504,502; 640 sq. mi. (1658 sq. km).
2. the capital of this state. 295,999.
3. Strait of, a strait between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula.
Also, Melaka (for defs. 1,2).
Ma•lac′can, adj., n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Malacca - stem of the rattan palm used for making canes and umbrella handlesmalacca - stem of the rattan palm used for making canes and umbrella handles
cane - a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane
Calamus rotang, rattan, rattan palm - climbing palm of Sri Lanka and southern India remarkable for the great length of the stems which are used for malacca canes
2.malacca - a cane made from the stem of a rattan palm
cane - a stick that people can lean on to help them walk
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References in classic literature ?
We picked up some more English sailors here after this, and some Dutch, and now we resolved on a second voyage to the south-east for cloves, &c.--that is to say, among the Philippine and Malacca isles.
He turned over the pages with great decision, as if he were judging the book in its entirety, the printing and paper and binding, as well as the poetry, and then, having satisfied himself of its good or bad quality, he placed it on the writing-table, and examined the malacca cane with the gold knob which had belonged to the soldier.
The long and narrow peninsula of Malacca, extending south-eastward from the territories of Birmah, forms the most southerly point of all Asia.