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1. A calla lily.
2. A marsh plant (Calla palustris) of northern temperate regions, having small, densely clustered, greenish flowers partly enclosed in a spreading white spathe. Also called water arum.

[New Latin Calla, genus name, from Greek kallaia, wattle of a cock, perhaps from kallos, beauty.]


1. (Plants) Also called: calla lily or 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. (Plants) 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]


(ˈkæl ə)

n., pl. -las.
Also called cal′la lil`y. any of several plants belonging to the genus Zantedeschia, of the arum family, esp. Z. aethiopica, having arrow-shaped leaves and a large white spathe enclosing a yellow spike.
[1800–10; < New Latin (Linnaeus), of uncertain orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calla - South African plant widely cultivated for its showy pure white spathe and yellow spadixcalla - South African plant widely cultivated for its showy pure white spathe and yellow spadix
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
pink calla, Zantedeschia rehmanii - calla having a rose-colored spathe
golden calla - any of several callas of the genus Zantedeschia having yellow spathes
2.Calla - water arum
liliopsid genus, monocot genus - genus of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
Araceae, arum family, family Araceae - anthurium; calla lily; jack-in-the-pulpit; philodendron
Calla palustris, water arum, wild calla - plant of wetlands and bogs of temperate regions having small greenish flowers partly enclosed in a white spathe and red berries
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The participating calla lily farms will take turn hosting concerts throughout the activity period, offering visitors a relaxing stay in the vicinity as they watch the sea of calla lilies under the afternoon sun, the DOED said.
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Calla anticipates 15 or 20 more First Nations to meet the criteria established by the board by the end of the year and another 20 the following year.
Calla enjoyed fashion design, dressmaking and modeling, and collecting antique rugs, African art, couches, and ducks.
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Chief Tom Bressette of the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation in Ontario, and Harold Calla, band councillor with British Columbia's Squamish Nation, met with Aboriginal media on March 28 to sell Bill C-19, the proposed First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management act.