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any plant of the aroid genus Arum, of Europe and the Mediterranean region, having arrow-shaped leaves and a typically white spathe See also cuckoopint
arum lily, another name for calla (sense 1)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, a variant of aros wake-robin, from Greek aron
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  • arum, wild:—Position of the anthers, 141;progressive stages of change, 142.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • And now the arum begins its great preparations for the act of flowering.

  • But we must continue our researches, and they bring us now to the arum.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • The root of our arum also deserves a particular examination.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • Another, and not less interesting species, is the arum arisarum.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • In the arum maculatum, the number of ovules does not exceed six.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • The men also wear chaplets of brilliant flowers or arum stalks.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • Out of the folds of the shawl her neck rose as erect as the pistil of an arum lily.

    Mushroom Town Oliver Onions
  • The deep hearth was filled with arum lilies and azalias, like a font at Easter.

    Phantom Fortune, A Novel M. E. Braddon
  • What the atrocious fetor of the arum cannot do the absence of odour accomplishes!

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