- 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.”