rattan

noun rat·tan \ ra-ˈtan , rə- \
|Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of rattan

1 : a rattan cane or switch
2 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of rattan

Malay rotan


RATTAN Defined for English Language Learners

rattan

Definition of rattan for English Language Learners

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


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