Etymology
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rattan

also ratan, type of climbing palm with tough, flexible stems that are economically valuable for making chair-bottoms, walking sticks, baskets, etc., 1650s, from Malay (Austronesian) rotan, rautan, according to OED from raut "to trim, strip, peel, pare."

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Definitions of rattan

rattan (n.)
climbing palm of Sri Lanka and southern India remarkable for the great length of the stems which are used for malacca canes;
Synonyms: rattan palm / Calamus rotang
rattan (n.)
the stem of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera used to make wickerwork and furniture and canes;
Synonyms: rattan cane
rattan (n.)
a switch made from the stems of the rattan palms;
Synonyms: ratan
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