1. [ noun ] (botany) the stem of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera used to make wickerwork and furniture and canes
Synonyms: rattan_cane
Related terms: cane
2. [ noun ] (botany) climbing palm of Sri Lanka and southern India remarkable for the great length of the stems which are used for Malacca canes
Synonyms: Calamus_rotang rattan_palm
Related terms: calamus malacca
3. [ noun ] a switch made from the stems of the rattan palms
Synonyms: ratan
Related terms: switch
Similar spelling:   ratan