n. 1 a: The collective name for about 600 species of palm native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australasia. b: Produces thin, pliable, and fast-growing stems, measuring up to 100 meters long, that can be woven into various lightweight, durable, and weather-resistant goods. 2: A profitable crop that provides an alternative to timber-logging without displacing trees, since the vine-like plant relies on forest architecture for support. 3: Used primarily for housing, furniture, and handicrafts. 4: The material of choice for Purse for the People, a startup enterprise that turns woven rattan from Borneo and Java into customizable, American-made handbags.