Definition of Calamus

1. Noun. Any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus; light tough stems are a source of rattan canes.

Generic synonyms: Palm, Palm Tree
Group relationships: Genus Calamus
Specialized synonyms: Calamus Rotang, Rattan, Rattan Palm, Calamus Australis, Lawyer Cane



2. Noun. The aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally.
Group relationships: Acorus Calamus, Flagroot, Myrtle Flag, Sweet Calamus, Sweet Flag
Generic synonyms: Root

3. Noun. Perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots.
Exact synonyms: Acorus Calamus, Flagroot, Myrtle Flag, Sweet Calamus, Sweet Flag
Group relationships: Acorus, Genus Acorus
Terms within: Calamus Oil
Generic synonyms: Bog Plant, Marsh Plant, Swamp Plant

4. Noun. A genus of Sparidae.
Exact synonyms: Genus Calamus
Generic synonyms: Fish Genus
Group relationships: Family Sparidae, Sparidae
Member holonyms: Calamus Penna, Sheepshead Porgy

5. Noun. The hollow spine of a feather.
Exact synonyms: Quill, Shaft
Group relationships: Feather, Plumage, Plume
Generic synonyms: Rib

Definition of Calamus

1. n. The indian cane, a plant of the Palm family. It furnishes the common rattan. See Rattan, and Dragon's blood.

Definition of Calamus

1. Noun. The sweet flag, ''Acorus calamus''. ¹

2. Noun. A quill. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Calamus

1. a marsh plant [n -MI]

Medical Definition of Calamus

1. 1. The dried, unpeeled rhizome of Acorus calamus (family Araceae), cultivated in Burma and Sri Lanka, a carminative and anthelminthic. 2. A reed-shaped structure. Origin: L. Reed, a pen (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Calamus

calamines
calamining
calamint
calamints
calamite
calamites
calamitic
calamities
calamitous
calamitously
calamitousness
calamity
calamondin
calamondins
calamosaur
calamus (current term)
calamus oil
calamus scriptorius
calando
calanoid
calanoids
calanolide
calanthe
calanthes
calash
calash top
calashes
calathea
calatheas
calathi

Literary usage of Calamus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Allen's Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Modes of by Alfred Henry Allen (1917)
"The European oil is distilled from the rhizome of Acorus calamus, whilst the Japanese ... Japanese calamus oil contains a small amount of methyl-eugenol. ..."

2. Early Indiana Trials and Sketches: Reminiscences by Oliver Hampton Smith (1858)
"Still, I don't think it was the calamus that killed her, as all the calamus doctors are giving it in heavier doses than I did." Such was his ignorance that ..."

3. The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1906)
"No illustrative figure is given of a section at the calamus, and the two figures illustrating the structure below the calamus (figs. ..."

4. Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, Commercial, Industrial by Edward Balfour (1871)
"Griffith justly terms it "a very elegant palm."—Mason. calamus A ... calamus ER ЕСТ US, ROXB. Its seeds are used as a substitute for betel nut. ..."

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