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calamar


calamar


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Calamar  \Cal"a*mar\  (k[a^]l"[.a]*m[aum]r),  Calamary 
  \Cal"a*ma*ry\,  (-m[asl]*r[y^]r)n.  [LL.  calamarium  inkstand,  fr 
  L.  calamus  a  reed  pen:  cf  F.  calmar,  calemar,  pen  case, 
  calamar.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  cephalopod,  belonging  to  the  genus  {Loligo}  and  related 
  genera.  There  are  many  species.  They  have  a  sack  of  inklike 
  fluid  which  they  discharge  from  the  siphon  tube,  when  pursued 
  or  alarmed,  in  order  to  confuse  their  enemies.  Their  shell  is 
  a  thin  horny  plate,  within  the  flesh  of  the  back  shaped  very 
  much  like  a  quill  pen.  In  America  they  are  called  {squids}. 
  See  {Squid}.