Share this entry
rhatany Syllabification: rhat·a·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈrat(ə)nē/

Definition of rhatany in English:


1An astringent extract of the root of a South American shrub, used in medicine.
2The partially parasitic South American shrub that yields this root, which is also used as a source of dye.
  • Genus Krameria, family Krameriaceae


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

Definition of rhatany in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources