- the sweet flag, Acorus calamus.
- its aromatic root.
- any of various tropical Asian palms of the genus Calamus, some of which are a source of rattan.
- the hollow base of a feather; a quill.
Origin of calamus
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek kálamos reed, stalk
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Related Wordsplume, fringe, plumage, shaft, fluff, crest, down, spike, fin, wing, calamus, pompon, pinna, plumule, quill, pinion, penna
Examples from the Web for calamus
One of the genus Calamus, used for wicker-work, seats of chairs, &c.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Calamus, also derived from the Greek, means a reed or reed-like plant.
Sin-skuskba, which some Ponkas said was the calamus, is now very rare.Omaha sociology (1884 N 03 / 1881-1882 (pages 205-370))
James Owen Dorsey
It resembles sweet-flag (Calamus) and has been mistaken for it.Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants
A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Walt was thirty-six when Leaves appeared; forty-one when Calamus was written.Ivory Apes and Peacocks
- any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus, some species of which are a source of rattan and canes
- another name for sweet flag
- the aromatic root of the sweet flag
- ornithol the basal hollow shaft of a feather; quill
C14: from Latin, from Greek kalamos reed, cane, stem
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