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)
Origin of calamus
- Latin reed from Greek kalamos
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin calamus (“reed, cane”).