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Calamite vs. Catamite

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Calamitenoun

An extinct genus of treelike horsetails, Calamites.

Catamitenoun

A boy or younger man in a homoerotic relationship with an older man.

Calamitenoun

A fossil plant of the coal formation, having the general form of plants of the modern Equiseta (the Horsetail or Scouring Rush family) but sometimes attaining the height of trees, and having the stem more or less woody within. See Acrogen, and Asterophyllite.

Catamitenoun

A boy kept for unnatural purposes.

Catamite

In ancient Greece and Rome, a catamite (Latin: catamitus) was a pubescent boy who was the intimate companion of a young man, usually in a pederastic relationship. It was generally a term of affection and literally means in Latin, but it was also used as a term of insult when directed toward a grown man.

‘Ganymede’;

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