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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two South American shrubs (Krameria lappacea or K. argentea) having bilaterally symmetrical flowers, spiny globose fruits, and thick roots.
  • n. The dried root of either of these plants, formerly used as an astringent and now used in various dental preparations, such as toothpaste and mouthwash.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The powerfully astringent root of a half-shrubby Peruvian plant (Krameria triandra), used in medicine and to colour port wine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The powerfully astringent root of a half-shrubby Peruvian plant (Krameria triandra). It is used in medicine and to color port wine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See ratany.

Etymologies

American Spanish ratania, possibly from Quechua ratana, to thin, unite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish ratania (Wiktionary)

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