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calamus

[kal-uh-muh s] /ˈkæl ə məs/
noun, plural calami
[kal-uh-mahy] /ˈkæl əˌmaɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
the sweet flag, Acorus calamus.
2.
its aromatic root.
3.
any of various tropical Asian palms of the genus Calamus, some of which are a source of rattan.
4.
the hollow base of a feather; a quill.
Origin of calamus
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek kálamos reed, stalk
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calamus

/ˈkæləməs/
noun (pl) -mi (-ˌmaɪ)
1.
any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus, some species of which are a source of rattan and canes
2.
another name for sweet flag
3.
the aromatic root of the sweet flag
4.
(ornithol) the basal hollow shaft of a feather; quill
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, from Greek kalamos reed, cane, stem
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