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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sweet flag

Time Traveler for sweet flag

Time Traveler

The first known use of sweet flag was in 1765

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sweet flag

Cite this Entry

“Sweet flag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20flag. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sweet flag

sweet flag

\ -ˈflag How to pronounce sweet flag (audio) \

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

More from Merriam-Webster on sweet flag

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sweet flag

Comments on sweet flag

What made you want to look up sweet flag? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!