Part of speech: noun

The flexible stem of an Oriental palm.

Part of speech: noun

A cane or switch of rattan. ratan.

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Usage examples "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", Emily Richings.
  2. If I know anything of the rattan, he won't do it again." - "My Strangest Case", 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", Horatio Bridge.