Definition of rhatany in English:

rhatany

noun

  • 1[mass noun] An astringent extract of the root of a South American shrub, used in medicine.

  • 2The partially parasitic South American shrub which yields rhatany, which is also used as a source of dye.

Origin

Early 19th century: from modern Latin rhatania, via Portuguese and Spanish from Quechua ratánya.

Pronunciation:

rhatany

/ˈratəni/