- Maria Men·e·ghi·ni [men-i-gee-nee] /ˌmɛn ɪˈgi ni/, 1923–77, U.S. soprano.
- 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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Examples from the Web for callas
The next evening she expected him to call, but he only sent her a bunch of callas.
Callas, like all other bulbous plants, must have a season of rest.Your Plants
Think of great patches of callas in blossom nearly all the time.A Little Girl in Old San Francisco
Amanda Minnie Douglas
Just think of picking roses and callas with snow in plain sight!How We are Fed
James Franklin Chamberlain
An hour later Robert appeared at the door with a bunch of callas, to which Mrs. Hilbrough's card was attached.
- Maria, real name Maria Anna Cecilia Kalageropoulos . 1923–77, Greek operatic soprano, born in the US
- 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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