[ra-tan, ruh-] /ræˈtæn, rə-/
Also called rattan palm. any of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus or allied genera.
the tough stems of such palms, used for wickerwork, canes, etc.
a stick or switch of this material.
any of the climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera, having tough stems used for wickerwork and canes
the stems of such plants collectively
a stick made from one of these stems
1650s, from Malay rotan, from raut “to trim, strip, peel, pare.”
/ˈrætˌtæt/ noun 1. a variant of rat-a-tat-tat
[rat] /ræt/ noun 1. any of several long-tailed rodents of the family Muridae, of the genus Rattus and related genera, distinguished from the mouse by being larger. 2. any of various similar or related animals. 3. Slang. a scoundrel. 4. Slang. 5. Slang. a person who frequents a specified place: a mall rat; gym rats. […]
[rey-tuh-buh l] /ˈreɪ tə bəl/ adjective 1. capable of being or appraised. 2. proportional: ratable distribution of wealth. /ˈreɪtəbəl/ adjective 1. able to be rated or evaluated 2. (Brit) (of property) liable to payment of rates adj. also rateable, c.1500, from rate (v.2) + -able.
[rat-i-guh n] /ˈræt ɪ gən/ noun 1. Terence, 1911–77, English playwright. /ˈrætɪɡən/ noun 1. Sir Terence Mervyn. 1911–77, English playwright. His plays include The Winslow Boy (1946), Separate Tables (1954), and Ross (1960)