sweet flag


Definition of sweet flag

: a perennial marsh herb (Acorus calamus) of the arum family with long narrow sword-shaped leaves and an aromatic rootstock

called also calamus

First Known Use of sweet flag

1765, in the meaning defined above

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“Sweet flag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20flag. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of sweet flag

: a perennial marsh herb (Acorus calamus) of the arum family (Araceae) having long leaves and a pungent rootstock and used especially formerly as a flavoring agent and in folk medicine but now largely abandoned because of demonstrated carcinogenicity and toxicity in laboratory animals — see calamus

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