Definition of ratanhia in US English:

ratanhia

(also ratania, ratanha, rhatania)

noun

  • The root of the plant rhatany, Krameria triandra, from which a medicinal extract is prepared (more fully "ratanhia root").

Origin

Early 19th century. From Spanish ratania, ratanhia, etc. from Quechua rataña creeping plant. Compare French ratanhia, Portuguese ratanha, ratânhia, ratânia, scientific Latin rhatania, all ultimately from Spanish.

Pronunciation

ratanhia

/rəˈtaːnɪə/