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sweet flag

n.
1. A perennial herb (Acorus calamus) native to Eurasia and naturalized in North America, growing in marshy places and having grasslike leaves, minute greenish flowers borne on a thick spadix, and aromatic rhizomes used in medicine and perfumery. Also called calamus.
2. A similar plant (Acorus americanus) native to North America.

sweet flag

n
(Plants) an aroid marsh plant, Acorus calamus, having swordlike leaves, small greenish flowers, and aromatic roots. Also called: calamus
[C18: see flag2]
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Noun1.sweet flag - perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic rootssweet flag - perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots
Acorus, genus Acorus - sweet flags; sometimes placed in subfamily Acoraceae
calamus - the aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally
calamus oil - carcinogenic oil from calamus root used as a perfume
bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant - a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
References in classic literature ?
Instead of the white lily, which requires mud, or the common sweet flag, the blue flag (Iris versicolor) grows thinly in the pure water, rising from the stony bottom all around the shore, where it is visited by hummingbirds in June; and the color both of its bluish blades and its flowers and especially their reflections, is in singular harmony with the glaucous water.
The following herbs were used: flowers of marigold Calendula officinalis, flowers of chamomile Matricaria recutita, leaves of sage Salvia officinalis, bark of cinnamon Cinnamomum verum, cloves of Syzygium aromaticum buds, root of liquorice Glycyrrhiza glabra, flowers of lavender Lavandula angustifolia, leaves of oregano Origanum vulgare, fruits of dog rose Rosa canina, and rhizome of sweet flag Acorus calamus.
Milk-vetch root, sage root, peony root, lovage rhizome, Chinese angelica root, Safflower, Peach, Polygala root, Sweet flag rhizome
It lists mandrake root, syrup, and sweet flag root among the ingredients - but the manufacturers say the recipe is not accurate.