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NOUN (5)

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

2. the aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally;

3. perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots;
[syn: sweet flag, calamus, sweet calamus, myrtle flag, flagroot, Acorus calamus]

4. a genus of Sparidae;
[syn: Calamus, genus Calamus]

5. the hollow spine of a feather;
[syn: quill, calamus, shaft]

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4 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Calamus \Cal"a*mus\, n.; pl. Calami. [L., a reed. See Halm.] 1. (Bot.) The indian cane, a plant of the Palm family. It furnishes the common rattan. See Rattan, and Dragon's blood. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A species of Acorus (Acorus calamus), commonly called calamus, or sweet flag. The root has a pungent, aromatic taste, and is used in medicine as a stomachic; the leaves have an aromatic odor, and were formerly used instead of rushes to strew on floors. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zool.) The horny basal portion of a feather; the barrel or quill. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

calamus n 1: any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus; light tough stems are a source of rattan canes 2: the aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally 3: perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots [syn: sweet flag, calamus, sweet calamus, myrtle flag, flagroot, Acorus calamus] 4: a genus of Sparidae [syn: Calamus, genus Calamus] 5: the hollow spine of a feather [syn: quill, calamus, shaft]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Calamus the Latin for cane, Hebrew _Kaneh_, mentioned (Ex. 30:23) as one of the ingredients in the holy anointing oil, one of the sweet scents (Cant. 4:14), and among the articles sold in the markets of Tyre (Ezek. 27:19). The word designates an Oriental plant called the "sweet flag," the Acorus calamus of Linnaeus. It is elsewhere called "sweet cane" (Isa. 43:24; Jer. 6:20). It has an aromatic smell, and when its knotted stalk is cut and dried and reduced to powder, it forms an ingredient in the most precious perfumes. It was not a native of Palestine, but was imported from Arabia Felix or from India. It was probably that which is now known in India by the name of "lemon grass" or "ginger grass," the Andropogon schoenanthus. (See CANE.)
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Calamus, IA -- U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 394 Housing Units (2000): 173 Land area (2000): 0.487306 sq. miles (1.262116 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.487306 sq. miles (1.262116 sq. km) FIPS code: 09820 Located within: Iowa (IA), FIPS 19 Location: 41.826669 N, 90.759793 W ZIP Codes (1990): 52729 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Calamus, IA Calamus