Definition of rhatany in English:

rhatany

noun

  • 1mass 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.

    Genus Krameria, family Krameriaceae

Origin

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

Pronunciation

rhatany

/ˈratəni/