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cal·a·mus

 (kăl′ə-məs)
n. pl. cal·a·mi (-mī′)
1.
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.]

calamus

(ˈkæləməs)
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]

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calamus - any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamuscalamus - 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
Calamus australis, lawyer cane - tall scrambling spiny palm of northeastern Queensland, Australia
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 rootscalamus - 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
4.Calamus - a genus of Sparidae
fish genus - any of various genus of fish
family Sparidae, Sparidae - porgies; scups
Calamus penna, sheepshead porgy - from Florida and Bahamas to Brazil
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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Presently, LC50 values were found as 19, 5.1, 2.2 and 16ug/cm2 for nimolicine, Acorus calamus crude extract, cypermethrin and methamidopos respectively after 24 hours of treatment.
Shrubs include Cymbopogon, Cedrus, Salvadora persica (Arak), Acorus calamus, Buxus dioicaC[degrees], turmeric, Euphorbia pithyusa, astragalus, Cyperus papyrus and Punica granatum (pomegranates).
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False vivipary + lateral axillary branching was exhibited by five species of Calamus (Calamoideae), and Socratea salazarii (Arecoideae) (Table 2).
The screening of the film "Good Luck Algeria" is scheduled for March 31, at 19:00 hrs at the Cinestar Cinema and the concert of the " Jall aux Yeux " band for March 31 at 21:00 hrs at the Calamus Club.
Studies on snake repellents in India revealed that extracts of Allium sativum, Acorus calamus, neem, tobacco leaves and Vitex negundo, as well as oil extracts of Acorus calamus among others, were very effective snakes' repellents.
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Although plants from 15 different families were evident (indirect evidence such as claw marks) to be used by sun bear (Table 2), analysis of sun bear's scat samples collected during the study period revealed the presence of plants items in form of seeds, twigs, and leaves remains of plant species belonging to 10 different species namely Spondias axillaris, Horsefieldia amygdalina, Ficus sp., Alangium chinense, Polyalthia simiarum, Acorus calamus, Elaeocarpus serrata, Medinillaru bicunda, Actinodaphne obovata and Micromelum pubescens.
He was also making marks and marginalia for future revisions of a book that would, in the twentieth century, come to dominate discussions of gender and sexuality in Whitman's oeuvre: the third, 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass, the first edition of Leaves to include the now-immortalized "Calamus" and "Enfans dAdam" poem-clusters.