rat·​tan | \ra-ˈtan, rə-\

Definition of rattan 

1 : a rattan cane or switch

2a : a climbing palm (especially of the genera Calamus and Daemonorops) with very long tough stems

b : a part of the jointed stem of a rattan used especially for furniture, wickerwork, and walking sticks

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The criss-cross rattan takes the starch out of a formal bed frame shape without sacrificing any drama. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Stunning Rattan Pieces for Your Home," 22 Jan. 2018 Way-Cool Wicker Wickerwork in natural rattan and its synthetic cousin (for outdoors) was prevalent. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The 5 Hottest Trends from Milan’s 2018 Furniture Fair," 27 Apr. 2018 Leave a Note Palapa villas with lots of wood and rattan are connected by meandering pathways at this property formerly called The Tides. Condé Nast Traveler, "Viceroy Riviera Maya," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of rattan

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for rattan

Malay rotan

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The first known use of rattan was in 1606

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English Language Learners Definition of rattan

: a plant with very long, strong stems that are woven together to make baskets, furniture, etc.

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