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(kăl`əməs): see arumarum,
common name for the Araceae, a plant family mainly composed of species of herbaceous terrestrial and epiphytic plants found in moist to wet habitats of the tropics and subtropics; some are native to temperate zones.
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Grass-like plant with cattail-type leaves and thin green “finger” sticking out from leaf stalk. The root is the part used, for indigestion (because it’s bitter), stomach, heartburn, spasms, colds, coughs, aphrodisiac.
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the hollow lower part of the shaft of a feather. The calamus is partly beneath and partly above the skin. It lacks a vane and is usually semitransparent. Inside the calamus is a membranous formation. The calami of the flight feathers, which experience considerable stress during flight, are attached to the bones of the wings.

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(41) He is both a shepherd skilled in divinely inspired song and a magister who hands over the calami to his student Gallus.
polyzenia), which overlap extensively, have positive PC2 scores that reflect their small ligulae and calami and long mantles and penises.
33v-34r: "Fingono i Poeti, che Pan constretto da Cupido s'accese dell'amore di Siringa vergine bellissima, habitatrice de i monti d'Arcadia, et ch'ella da lui fuggendo si converse in palustri canne, dellequali havendo egli preso sette calami, e congiuntoli insieme con la cera, formo la fistula, et postola a bocca, dandoli spirito co'l fiato dolcemente suono; dellaqual favola il senso altissimo questo: Pan, che nella Greca favella significa tutto, e la natura universale ordinatrice di tutte le mondane cose, laqual vinta da Cupido cio stimolata dal desider[i]o di perfettione, s'inflamma dell'amore di Siringa vergine bella, che e il Cielo bellissimo, et incorruttibile; laqual Ninfa poi si cangia in canne atte al suono, che la dispositione de i Cieli all'armonia.
The selection of atypical works is problematic in that it is difficult for the modern listener to appreciate the strangeness of a Calami sonum ferentes out of context.
In conformity with my own interests (and in the book's gold mine of information there is material for scholars working on almost all topics relevant to early music and its practice) I discovered, among the musicians, a number whom I suspect to be Jewish converts: the singer Daniello Danielli (734); the "Flemish" contralto Daniello di Simone Lupi (from the "Wolf" family; ibid.); a certain Ser Elia (735); and, invited to serve as chapel master, though he declined, the Flemish musician Gienero di Mauritio Luti, which may have been a lapsus calami, in the source, for Lupi (again Wolf; 737).