What does the word rattan mean?

Usage examples for rattan

  1. At another point of the little voyage, we anchor for a cargo of rattan before a thatched shed on a shell- strewn beach, but even here a solitary elephant, disturbed in bathing, has lately attacked a woman, rescued with difficulty from formidable tusks and lashing trunk. – Through the Malay Archipelago by Emily Richings
  2. If I know anything of the rattan, he won't do it again." – My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby
  3. His orders were given in a quick, loud tone, and enforced by the occasional application of smart blows of a rattan to the shoulders of his men. – Journal of an African Cruiser by Horatio Bridge