from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of ratoon.
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- v. Alternative spelling of ratoon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the stems or shoots of sugar cane of the second year's growth from the root, or later. See plant-cane.
- intransitive v. To sprout or spring up from the root, as sugar cane from the root of the previous year's planting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See ratoon.
- n. Same as ratan.
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The joints of the cane, being cut and laid horizontally in furrows, which are then covered over, spring up in a crop which comes to maturity in about a year; and when this is cut, the roots rattoon, or send up shoots for five or six years in succession.
It belongs rather to the second or third rattoon-crop, which, has sprung up under the influence of foreign stimuli.
I met with Mr. Hawly, who was removing his things from Mr. Bowyer's, where he has lodged a great while, and I took him and W. Bowyer to the Swan and drank, and Mr. Hawly did give me a little black rattoon, -- [Probably an Indian rattan cane.] -- painted and gilt.
a second though diminished harvest in the following spring, and so on for several years more until the rattoon or "stubble" yield became too small to be worth while.
I met with Mr. Hawly, who was removing his things from Mr. Bowyer's, where he has lodged a great while, and I took him and W. Bowyer to the Swan and drank, and Mr. Hawly did give me a little black rattoon, ” [Probably an Indian rattan cane.] ” painted and gilt.