an aquatic arum plant, Calla palustris, of the North Temperate Zone, having heart-shaped leaves, tiny green flowers, and red berries.
DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Also called wild calla.
Origin of water arum
An Americanism dating back to 1810–20
Words nearby water arum
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