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noun

a plant, Acorus calamus, of the arum family, having long, sword-shaped leaves and a pungent, aromatic rootstock.

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Also called sweet calamus.

Origin of sweet flag

First recorded in 1775–85
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sweet flag

noun

an aroid marsh plant, Acorus calamus, having swordlike leaves, small greenish flowers, and aromatic rootsAlso called: calamus

Word Origin for sweet flag

C18: see flag ²
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