calamus


calamus
calamus [kal′ə məs]
n.
pl. calami [kal′əmī΄] [ME < L < Gr kalamos, a stalk, reed, stubble < IE base * k̑olem-, stalk, reed > Ger halm, L culmus]
1. SWEET FLAG
2. any of a genus (Calamus) of climbing palms of the Old World that yield rattan
3. the quill of a feather

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