calamus

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English[edit]

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Acorus calamus
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin calamus (reed, cane).

Noun[edit]

calamus (usually uncountable, plural calamuses or calami)

  1. The sweet flag, Acorus calamus.
    A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices (Song of Solomon 4:12-14, KJV)
  2. A quill.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κάλαμος (kálamos).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

calamus m (genitive calamī); second declension

  1. a reed, cane
  2. (by extension) an object made from a reed, such as a pen, arrow, or fishing rod
  3. (of plants) a stalk, straw, blade
  4. the hollow arm of a candelabrum

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative calamus calamī
genitive calamī calamōrum
dative calamō calamīs
accusative calamum calamōs
ablative calamō calamīs
vocative calame calamī

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References[edit]

  • calamus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879