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(pl. calami)
Any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus; light tough stems are a source of rattan canes.
The aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally.
Perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots.  Synonyms: Acorus calamus, flagroot, myrtle flag, sweet calamus, sweet flag.
A genus of Sparidae.  Synonym: genus Calamus.
The hollow spine of a feather.  Synonyms: quill, shaft.

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"Calamus" Quotes from Famous Books

... sometimes called, such as nutmeg, mace, pepper, pimento; cubebs, cardamoms, juniper berries, ginger, calamus, cloves, cinnamon, caraway, coriander, fennel, parsley, dill, sage, marjoram, thyme, pennyroyal, lavender, hyssop, peppermint, &c., are unfit for the human stomach—above ...
— The Young Mother - Management of Children in Regard to Health • William A. Alcott

... say: 'Oh—she—has gone—home!' And then ever'thing'll be all still ag'in, and you'll be afraid to holler any more—and you dursn't play—and you can't laugh, and yer throat'll thist hurt and hurt, like you been a-eatin' too much calamus-root er somepin'!" And as the little gipsy concluded her weird prophecy, with a final flourish of her big pale eyes, we glanced furtively at one another's awestruck faces, with a superstitious dread of a vague indefinite disaster most certainly awaiting us around some shadowy ...
— Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley • James Whitcomb Riley

... us, a few have no plural; as, asparagus, calamus, mucus. Some have only the Latin plural, which usually changes us to i; as, alumnus, alumni; androgynus, androgyni; calculus, calculi; dracunculus, dracunculi; echinus, echini; magus, magi. But such as have properly become English words, may form ...
— The Grammar of English Grammars • Goold Brown

Words linked to "Calamus" :   root, sheepshead porgy, feather, Sparidae, lawyer cane, Acorus, swamp plant, rattan, genus Acorus, fish genus, rib, family Sparidae, palm, genus Calamus, palm tree, plume, plumage, marsh plant, bog plant, rattan palm, sweet flag

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