b: the aromatic peeled and dried rhizome of the sweet flag that is the source of a carcinogenic essential oil
2: the hollow basal portion of a feather below the vane : quill
Examples of calamus in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThough the calamus was visible in the 1860s and included in drawings of the fossil at the time, wear on the specimen caused the feature to fade from view.
Ryan Carney, National Geographic, 30 Sep. 2020
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