• IPA: /ɹəˈtæn/


  1. Any of several species of climbing palm of the genus Calamus.
  2. (uncountable) The plant used as a material for making furniture, baskets etc.
  3. (by extension) A cane made from this material.
    • 1906, Walter William Skeat, Charles Otto Blagden, Pagan Races of the Malay Peninsula
      He who first acts as striker asks the other how many blows of the rattan he will bear on his forearm without crying out.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
    • 2008, Jean-François Bayart, Andrew Brown, Global Subjects: A Political Critique of Globalization
      […] the rattan is still a valued instrument of discipline […]
  • French: rotin
  • German: Rattan, Rotangpalme
  • Italian: rattan
  • Portuguese: rotim, rota
  • Spanish: ratán
Translations Verb

rattan (rattans, present participle rattaning; past and past participle rattaned)

  1. (transitive) To beat with a rattan cane.
    • 1915, Edward Walford, ‎George Latimer Apperson, The Antiquary (volume 51, page 56)
      Meanwhile Captain Colville rattaned Pearson very severely […]

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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