calamus

calamus
Calamus 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 blood}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A species of {Acorus} ({Acorus 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. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) The horny basal portion of a feather; the barrel or quill. [1913 Webster] ||


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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