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 (ră-tăn′, rə-)
1. Any of various spiny climbing palms of the subfamily Calamoideae and especially the genus Calamus of tropical Africa and Asia, having long, tough, flexible stems.
a. The stems of any of these palms, used to make furniture and other wickerwork.
b. Wickerwork made of the stems of these palms.
3. A switch or cane made from these palms.

[Malay rōtan (perhaps from raut, to pare or trim for use).]
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(ræˈtæn) or


1. (Plants) any of the climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera, having tough stems used for wickerwork and canes
2. (Plants) the stems of such plants collectively
3. (Plants) a stick made from one of these stems
[C17: from Malay rōtan]
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(ræˈtæn, rə-)

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 rattan.
[1650–60; by uncertain mediation < Malay rotan, alleged to be a derivative of rout scrape off, with -an nominalizing suffix]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rattan - climbing palm of Sri Lanka and southern India remarkable for the great length of the stems which are used for malacca canesrattan - climbing palm of Sri Lanka and southern India remarkable for the great length of the stems which are used for malacca canes
malacca - stem of the rattan palm used for making canes and umbrella handles
calamus - any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus; light tough stems are a source of rattan canes
2.rattan - the stem of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera used to make wickerwork and furniture and canes
cane - a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane
3.rattan - a switch made from the stems of the rattan palms
switch - a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
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[rəˈtæn] Nrota f, junco m or caña f de Indias
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nrotin m
modif [chair, furniture] → en rotin
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n (= plant)Rotangpalme f; (= cane)Rattan nt, → Peddigrohr nt
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[ræˈtæn] nmalacca
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References in classic literature ?
Ropes were attached to its forelegs, each rope held by an assistant, who jerked on the same stoutly when a third man, standing in front of the pony, tapped it on the knees with a short, stiff whip of rattan. Whereupon the pony went down on its knees in the sawdust in a genuflection to the man with the whip.
He wore second-hand kid gloves, in good repair, and carried a small rattan cane with a curved handle--a female leg--of ivory.
So in the market-place there reigns perpetual excitement, a nameless hubbub, made up of the cries of mixed-breed porters and carriers, the beating of drums, and the twanging of horns, the neighing of mules, the braying of donkeys, the singing of women, the squalling of children, and the banging of the huge rattan, wielded by the jemadar or leader of the caravans, who beats time to this pastoral symphony.
"Bother!" said the man, peremptorily, turning to the girl; "you go right along, and curl yourself real smart!" He added, giving a crack to a rattan he held in his hand, "And be back in quick time, too!"
that will do, Drowne, that will do!" cried the jolly captain, tapping the log with his rattan. "I bespeak this very piece of oak for the figure-head of the Cynosure.
He was a large man, poorly dressed, and on his back was a great load of rattan and bamboo stands, chairs, and screens.
Captain Boldwig was a little fierce man in a stiff black neckerchief and blue surtout, who, when he did condescend to walk about his property, did it in company with a thick rattan stick with a brass ferrule, and a gardener and sub-gardener with meek faces, to whom (the gardeners, not the stick) Captain Boldwig gave his orders with all due grandeur and ferocity; for Captain Boldwig's wife's sister had married a marquis, and the captain's house was a villa, and his land 'grounds,' and it was all very high, and mighty, and great.
He has got hold now of a Madras cook--a blamed fraud that I hunted out of my cookhouse with a rattan. He was not fit to cook for white men.
They sat in comfortable rattan chairs on the veranda, while she told the story of how she had drummed up the jam and jelly trade, dealing only with the one best restaurant and one best club in San Jose.
We cut rattans in the forest for a handful of rice, and for a living swept the decks of big ships and heard curses heaped upon our heads.
Corp.; Tony Gonzales representing his own brand, A Greeting Card Co.; Budji Layug for Kenneth Cobonpue; Jinggoy Buensuceso for Prizmic and Brill et Compagnie, Inc.; Val Padilla for Luzon Rattan Industries; Leeroy New for MCCA Industrial Corporation; and Tes Pasola for Prado Filipino Artisans, Inc.
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