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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).]
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]
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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|Noun||1.||rattan - 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