• WordNet 3.6
    • n rattan a switch made from the stems of the rattan palms
    • n rattan the stem of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera used to make wickerwork and furniture and canes
    • n rattan climbing palm of Sri Lanka and southern India remarkable for the great length of the stems which are used for malacca canes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rattan răt*tăn" (Bot) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rattan See ratten.
    • rattan See ratan.
    • n rattan The continuous beat or reverberation of a drum; rataplan; rat-a-tat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rattan rat-an′ a genus of palms having a smooth, reed-like stem several hundreds of feet in length: a walking-stick made of rattan: stems of rattan palm used as a raft.
    • n Rattan ra-tan′ the continuous beat of a drum.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Malay rōtan,


In literature:

I near slid off the rattan seat when I reads that note.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
On the inside face other bamboos were lashed, with rattans across them.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
Rattan, a cane or walking-stick.
"St. Ronan's Well" by Sir Walter Scott
Mr. D. had promised to give his wife a beautiful rattan rocking-chair as a Christmas present.
"The Nursery, No. 109, January, 1876, Vol. XIX." by Unknown
On the 11th, the wind continuing to blow as hard as before, I saw the island of Rattan.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
There, you can see the rattan cane they lash the planks on with.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
The slave-driver drew his knife, and cut the rattan that bound the man, who turned his dying eyes on him with an imploring look.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
With some long poles and some rattan vines cut from the forest, three hunters embarked.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Guide will remember that rattan and raffia can be used for this when it is impossible to get spruce roots and willow bark.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
The line they used was a rattan about forty feet long.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

Give him for escort a file of young misses,
Each of them armed with a deadly rattan;
They shall defend him from laughter and hisses,
Aimed by low boys at the sweet little man.
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Ashley Webb, a graduate of Rattan High School, enlisted in the National Guard in May 2011 with East Central University's Gold Program.
Palm Springs Rattan to feature outdoor, indoor collections at High Point Market.
The Howe Lady Lions suffered a 45-44 upset loss to the Rattan Lady Rams, while the Sallisaw-Central boys upset the Antlers Bearcats 53-46.
Dovie Elizabeth Dees was born August 18, 1929 in Rattan to Jonathan Thomas and Rolen (Connally) Fleming.
Dovie was raised in Rattan & attended Rattan Schools into her senior year where she was part of the Ramblers basketball team.
Show features woven, wooden and rattan products.
The Rattan Junior High Baseball team has won their second 1st place trophy of the year at the Hugo Jr High baseball tournament.
The Rattan school board voted 2-1 to go to a four-day school week this fall at Tuesday night's special meeting.
Riding the Length of Manhattan, on Seats of Rattan .
Palm Springs Rattan debuts San Marino Collection for fall shipments.
South Sea Rattan & Wicker raises the bar on cushion luxury.
South Sea Rattan Furniture to use on stage in the hit play.
Shari Pillow, Rattan Public School 's new superintendent.
On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, Rattan Public School welcomed a new superintendent to their administration team, Mrs Shari Pillow.
The Rattan Rams Baseball Team, coached by Ryan Cordell, has been having a good season as they are going into their away game against Roff on April 8 with a overall record for this season of 13-6-0.

In science:

Rattan [GR] have given an explicit expression for Kerov polynomials, from which they have deduced a certain number of positivity properties of the coefficients of these polynomials.
On the formula of Goulden and Rattan for Kerov polynomials
In the next section we use the invariance of residue under change of variables to derive in a simple way a closely related formula, and show how to recover Goulden and Rattan’s formula.
On the formula of Goulden and Rattan for Kerov polynomials
Goulden and Rattan give various equivalent formulas for Σk .
On the formula of Goulden and Rattan for Kerov polynomials
In particular, we use new positivity results in Goulden and Rattan .
Positivity results for Stanley's character polynomials
For Kerov’s polynomials, there is a notion of R-positivity and a new notion of C-positivity introduced in Goulden and Rattan , which we shall use to show our positivity results for (−1)k Fk (p; −q).
Positivity results for Stanley's character polynomials