from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various climbing palms of the genera Calamus, Daemonorops, or Plectomia of tropical Asia, having long, tough, slender stems.
- n. The stems of any of these palms, used to make wickerwork, canes, and furniture.
- n. Work made of the stems of these palms.
- n. A switch or cane made from these palms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several species of climbing palm of the genus Calamus.
- n. The plant used as a material.
- n. A cane made from this material.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the long slender flexible stems of several species of palms of the genus Calamus, mostly East Indian, though some are African and Australian. They are exceedingly tough, and are used for walking sticks, wickerwork, chairs and seats of chairs, cords and cordage, and many other purposes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See ratan.
- n. See ratten.
- n. The continuous beat or reverberation of a drum; rataplan; rat-a-tat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the stem of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera used to make wickerwork and furniture and canes
- n. climbing palm of Sri Lanka and southern India remarkable for the great length of the stems which are used for malacca canes
- n. a switch made from the stems of the rattan palms
If instead of rattan is was made of cardboard my cat would go nuts for it.
This is supposed to yield the walking-canes known as rattan, which is doubted.
Shane should also be picking me up some better sword rattan at Gulf Wars.
The fastenings of the entire work were of rattan, which is found in plenty.
Brown said: "I believe that snake is in the boat yet," and at the same time threw at Jones a piece of rattan, which is good to scare one with -- it's a veritable snake.
Besides the small knife for splitting rattan, which is the special implement of the Dayak woman, the fair sex of the Penyahbongs has a parang, a spear, an axe, a bone implement used in working rattan mats, and
In regard to the rest, each man was secured to his place at the oar by means of a strip of cane, called rattan, fastened round his neck, and a man was appointed to lash them when they showed symptoms of flagging.
I have seen in a work on Ceylon the miserable little acid berry of the rattan, which is no larger than a currant, described as a fruit; hawthorn berries might, with equal justice, be classed among the fruits of Great Britain.
[FN#379] In text "'Úd Khayzarán" - wood of the rattan, which is orig.
Meantime, rising property prices, partly driven by investors banking on the Unesco listing, have pushed out many longtime residents, threatening the multicultural community that gives the town its unique mix of festivals, food and traditional trades, such as rattan weaving.