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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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}. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  A  species  of  {Acorus}  ({A.  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.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  horny  basal  portion  of  a  feather;  the 
  barrel  or  quill. 




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