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sweet flag

a plant, Acorus calamus, of the arum family, having long, sword-shaped leaves and a pungent, aromatic rootstock.
Also called sweet calamus.
Origin of sweet flag
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • sweet flag was abundant, and close by grew a clump of dark green, spicy mint.

  • This was the blossom-bud of the sweet flag, which when young and tender was reckoned a delicacy among omnivorous children.

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British Dictionary definitions for sweet flag

sweet flag

an aroid marsh plant, Acorus calamus, having swordlike leaves, small greenish flowers, and aromatic roots Also called calamus
Word Origin
C18: see flag²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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