nounWord forms: plural ˈcalaˌmi (ˈkæləˌmaɪ
2. any of a genus (Calamus) of climbing palms of the Old World that yield rattan
3. the quill of a feather
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Word origin of 'calamus'ME < L < Gr kalamos, a stalk, reed, stubble < IE base *57457olem-, stalk, reed > Ger halm, L culmus