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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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