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Definition of Calamus

Calamus

  1. The indian cane, a plant of the Palm family. It furnishes the common rattan. See Rattan, and Dragon's blood.
  2. 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. The horny basal portion of a feather; the barrel or quill.

Calamus Translations

calamus in Dutch is kalmoes
calamus in French is calame
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