One of the genus calamus, used for wicker-work, seats of chairs, &c.
calamus and ginger and many other kinds of spice are found in this land.
The most remarkable are the ratans, belonging to the calamus genus of palms.
Ezekiel enumerates amongst the Indian imports of Tyre "bright iron, calamus and cassia."
It loves the roots of several species of nymphae, but its favourite is calamus root (calamus or acorus aromaticus).
Said she went and ate a piece of calamus root for the pain and after eating the root for the pain behold I was born.
Others, guiding the calamus with learned hand, draw figures of different shapes and colours on parchments.
Vaucher, sterility of Ranunculus ficaria and Acorus calamus, ii.
The pen (calamus) was made of a reed brought to a point and cleft much as our quill pens are.
At their bases these rudimentary barbs meet to form the calamus.
the Latin for cane, Hebrew _Kaneh_, mentioned (Ex. 30:23) as one of the ingredients in the holy anointing oil, one of the sweet scents (Cant. 4:14), and among the articles sold in the markets of Tyre (Ezek. 27:19). The word designates an Oriental plant called the "sweet flag," the Acorus calamus of Linnaeus. It is elsewhere called "sweet cane" (Isa. 43:24; Jer. 6:20). It has an aromatic smell, and when its knotted stalk is cut and dried and reduced to powder, it forms an ingredient in the most precious perfumes. It was not a native of Palestine, but was imported from Arabia Felix or from India. It was probably that which is now known in India by the name of "lemon grass" or "ginger grass," the Andropogon schoenanthus. (See CANE.)