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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.]
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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]
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(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.]
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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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Blooms of calla lily, or Zantedeschia aethiopica, are faintly scented and this attracts bees, responsible for pollinating.
Today, paddies have been replaced by hydrangea and calla lily fields due to the mass exodus of younger populations in the area.
Among these, the calla lily in Zhuzihu is a renowned sightseeing spot of Yangmingshan in spring.
Buy 5 mixed calla lilies for PS11.99 - or buy 10 for PS18.98, saving PS5.
Calla lilys are also ideal for pot plants or for the greenhouse or conservatory.
They wore emerald green strapless floor-length gowns with delicate ruffles down the sides and carried bouquets of white calla lilies.
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.
While Calla's strength and leadership qualities are a positive touch, this book ends as did the first one, on a frustrating cliffhanger.
STEP 2 Create a posy combining roses and callas with the orchids.
Group One: 1 Delphinium (16.0, 4.0, 15,430); 2 Cockscomb (14.0, 6.0, 15,080); 3 Calla Lily (12.0, 8.0, 14,949); 4 Daffodil (10.0, 10.0, 14,401); 5 Yarrow (8.0, 12.0, 15,090).
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