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n. pl. cal·a·mi (-mī′)
a. See sweet flag.
b. The aromatic rhizome of the sweet flag, used for medicinal purposes and yielding an oil used in perfumery.
2. Any of various chiefly tropical Asian climbing palms of the genus Calamus, having strong flexible stems used as a source of rattan.
3. See quill.
[Latin, reed, from Greek kalamos.]
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n, pl -mi (-ˌmaɪ)
1. (Plants) any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus, some species of which are a source of rattan and canes
2. (Plants) another name for sweet flag
3. (Plants) the aromatic root of the sweet flag
4. (Zoology) ornithol the basal hollow shaft of a feather; quill
[C14: from Latin, from Greek kalamos reed, cane, stem]
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cal•a•mus(ˈkæl ə məs)
n., pl. -mi (-ˌmaɪ)
1. the sweet flag, Acorus calamus.
2. its aromatic root.
3. the hollow base of a feather; a quill.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek kálamos reed, stalk]
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|Noun||1.||calamus - any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus; light tough stems are a source of rattan canes|
palm tree, palm - any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves
genus Calamus - distinctive often spiny-stemmed palms found as climbers in tropical and subtropical forest
Calamus rotang, rattan, rattan palm - climbing palm of Sri Lanka and southern India remarkable for the great length of the stems which are used for malacca canes
|2.||calamus - the aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally|
flagroot, myrtle flag, sweet calamus, sweet flag, Acorus calamus, calamus - perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots
root - (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
|3.||calamus - perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots|
calamus - the aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally
calamus oil - carcinogenic oil from calamus root used as a perfume
|4.||Calamus - a genus of Sparidae|
fish genus - any of various genus of fish
|5.||calamus - the hollow spine of a feather|
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
rib - a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant
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