Definitions for: Calamus

[n] the hollow shaft of a feather
[n] a genus of Sparidae
[n] perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots
[n] the aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally
[n] any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus; light tough stems are a source of rattan canes

Webster (1913) Definition: Cal"a*mus, n.; pl. Calami. [L., a reed. See Halm.]
1. (Bot.) The indian cane, a plant of the Palm family. It
furnishes the common rattan. See Rattan, and {Dragon's

2. (Bot.) A species of Acorus (A. calamus), commonly
called calamus, or sweet flag. The root has a pungent,
aromatic taste, and is used in medicine as a stomachic;
the leaves have an aromatic odor, and were formerly used
instead of rushes to strew on floors.

3. (Zo["o]l.) The horny basal portion of a feather; the
barrel or quill.

Synonyms: Acorus calamus, flagroot, genus Calamus, myrtle flag, quill, shaft, sweet calamus, sweet flag

See Also: Acorus, bog plant, calamus, Calamus australis, calamus oil, Calamus penna, Calamus rotang, family Sparidae, feather, fish genus, genus Acorus, genus Calamus, lawyer cane, marsh plant, palm, palm tree, plumage, plume, rattan, rattan palm, rib, root, sheepshead porgy, Sparidae, swamp plant

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