Definition of rotan in English:

rotan

(also rottang, rotang)

noun

  • 1A section or length of the stem of a rotan plant used for binding, etc.; a cane or stem of rotan, used as an instrument of punishment.

  • 2The flexible stems of the rotan plant collectively, frequently used as a material for making baskets, furniture, etc.

  • 3A rattan palm.

Origin

Early 17th century. From Malay rotan, apparently a variant of rautan from raut to pare, trim, strip. Compare Portuguese rota, Spanish rota, French rotang, and Dutch rotan.

Pronunciation

rotan

/rəʊˈtan/