Definition of rhatany in English:


Syllabification: rhat·a·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈratn-ē


  • 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.

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