- a plant, Acorus calamus, of the arum family, having long, sword-shaped leaves and a pungent, aromatic rootstock.
Origin of sweet flag
First recorded in 1775–85
Also called sweet calamus.
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Examples from the Web for sweet calamus
John was delighted that the lady should like sweet-flag, and that she was pleased to accept it from him.Being a Boy
Charles Dudley Warner
There, close to the window, hangs a sprig of sweet-flag, banishing all evil.The Old House and Other Tales
Sweet-Flag deteriorates with age and is subject to the attacks of worms.Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants
A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
He is as genuine, as wholesome and real as sweet-flag and clover.
Its home is a hole in the ground, and boys often amuse themselves by running pieces of sweet-flag in the hole.
- an aroid marsh plant, Acorus calamus, having swordlike leaves, small greenish flowers, and aromatic rootsAlso called: calamus
C18: see flag ²
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