Pronunciation: (ra-tan', ru-), [key]
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 this material. Also,ratan.
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