Calamus



the sweet flag, Acorus calamus.
its aromatic root.
any of various tropical Asian palms of the genus Calamus, some of which are a source of rattan.
the hollow base of a feather; a quill.
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The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth
The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela Benjamin of Tudela
Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2) James Emerson Tennent
Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2) James Emerson Tennent
The Hunters’ Feast Mayne Reid
Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2 Work Projects Administration
The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II) Henry Osborn Taylor
The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2) Charles Darwin
The Private Life of the Romans Harold Whetstone Johnston
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2 Various

noun (pl) -mi (-ˌmaɪ)
any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus, some species of which are a source of rattan and canes
another name for sweet flag
the aromatic root of the sweet flag
(ornithol) the basal hollow shaft of a feather; quill

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