- 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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This plant belongs to the same family as the skunk-cabbage of the East and the calla-lily.The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits
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Richardia, ri-chr′di-a, n. a small genus of South African herbs of the Arum family, including the calla-lily.
Taro is a vegetable somewhat resembling the calla-lily, the roots of which are good for food.Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California
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There were olive sandwiches, frosted cakes, berries and cream, and bonbons and nuts in a silver dish shaped like a calla-lily.The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor
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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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