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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
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Finally, I draw attention to Herrero Brasas's third endnote of the "Love of Comrades" chapter, evoked by a reference to "this calamus-root" in "These I Sing in the Spring": "It is unclear why Whitman refers to the calamus grass as a 'root.'" This is the root of my problem with Walt Whitman's Mystical Ethics of Comradeship: Herrero Brasas doesn't get to the root of Leaves of Grass.
And this, O this shall henceforth be the token of comrades--this calamus-root shall, Interchange it, youths, with each other!
O here I last saw him that tenderly loves me, and returns again never to separate from me, And this, O this shall henceforth be the token of comrades, this calamus-root shall, Interchange it youths with each other!