calamus

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkæləməs/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(kalə məs)

Inflections of 'calamus' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": calami

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cal•a•mus  (kalə məs),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -mi 
    (kalə məs),USA pronunciation 
  1. Plant Biologythe sweet flag, Acorus calamus.
  2. Plant Biologyits aromatic root.
  3. Plant Biologyany of various tropical Asian palms of the genus Calamus, some of which are a source of rattan.
  4. Birdsthe hollow base of a feather;
    a quill. See illus. under  feather. 
  • Greek kálamos reed, stalk
  • Latin
  • Middle English 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
calamus /ˈkæləməs/ n ( pl -mi / -ˌmaɪ/)
  1. any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus, some species of which are a source of rattan and canes
  2. another name for sweet flag
  3. the basal hollow shaft of a feather; quill
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin, from Greek kalamos reed, cane, stem
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