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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cal·a·mus /ˈkæləməs/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 cal·a·mus /ˈkæləməs/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cal·a·mus n.; pl. Calami
 1. Bot. The indian cane, a plant of the Palm family. It furnishes the common rattan. See Rattan, and Dragon's blood.
 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.
 3. Zool. The horny basal portion of a feather; the barrel or quill.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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, sweet calamus, myrtle flag,
         flagroot, Acorus calamus]
      4: a genus of Sparidae [syn: genus Calamus]
      5: the hollow shaft of a feather [syn: quill, shaft]
      [also: calami (pl)]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    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.)