- Also called calla lily, arum lily. any of several plants belonging to the genus Zantedeschia, of the arum family, especially Z. aethiopica, having arrow-shaped leaves and a large white spathe enclosing a yellow spike.
- a related plant, Calla palustris, of cold marshes of Europe and North America, having heart-shaped leaves.
Origin of calla
< New Latin (Linnaeus)
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"It isn't as if any of them had actually won it with their own rackets," objected Calla.
On Wednesday Calla greeted her in the cloakroom and drew her aside.
"We'll want a Solomon to settle such a question," said Calla.
Her eyes were like two bruises on the flesh of a calla lily.The Sick-a-Bed Lady
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- Also called: calla lily, arum lily any southern African plant of the aroid genus Zantedeschia, esp Z. aethiopica, which has a white funnel-shaped spathe enclosing a yellow spadix
- an aroid plant, Calla palustris, that grows in wet places and has a white spathe enclosing a greenish spadix, and red berries
C19: from New Latin, probably from Greek kalleia wattles on a cock, probably from kallos beauty
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