calla

[kal-uh]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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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calla

noun
  1. 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
  2. an aroid plant, Calla palustris, that grows in wet places and has a white spathe enclosing a greenish spadix, and red berries

Word Origin for calla

C19: from New Latin, probably from Greek kalleia wattles on a cock, probably from kallos beauty
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