- sweet flag
- any of a genus (Calamus) of climbing palms of the Old World that yield rattan
- the quill of a feather
Origin of calamusMiddle English ; from Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek kalamos, a stalk, reed, stubble ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ?olem-, stalk, reed from source German halm, Classical Latin culmus
- a. See sweet flag.b. The aromatic rhizome of the sweet flag, used for medicinal purposes and yielding an oil used in perfumery.
- Any of various chiefly tropical Asian climbing palms of the genus Calamus, having strong flexible stems used as a source of rattan.
- See quill.
Origin of calamusLatin, reed, from Greek kalamos.
(usually uncountable, plural calamuses or calami)
- The sweet flag, Acorus calamus.
- A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices (Song of Solomon 4:12-14, KJV)
- A quill.
From Latin calamus (“reed, cane”).