Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A calla lily.
  • n. A marsh plant (Calla palustris) of the North Temperate Zone, having small, densely clustered, greenish flowers partly enclosed in a spreading white spathe. Also called water arum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A South African marsh plant, Calla palustris, having pale green flowers in a white spathe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of plants, of the order Araceæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [capitalized] A genus of araceous plants, of a single species, C. palustris, the water-arum, which occurs in cold marshes in Europe and North America.
  • n. A plant of the genus Calla.
  • n. A plant of the allied genus Richardia, or, according to the latest authorities, Zantedeschia: the common calla of house-cultivation. It is often erroneously called calla-lily, from the lily-like appearance of its pure-white flowers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. water arum
  • n. South African plant widely cultivated for its showy pure white spathe and yellow spadix

Etymologies

New Latin Calla, genus name, from Greek kallaia, wattle of a cock, perhaps from kallos, beauty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • This season I think I made the blooper reel because I couldn't get out the word 'calla lilies.'

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  • Your white calla is one of these, and the rich golden-club; and sweet flag – which many people call

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  • Monogram choices include adding wedding flowers such as calla lilies, roses, orchids, tulips and bouquets.

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  • The price of flowers has increased over time, he said, especially for wedding favorites such as calla lilies and hydrangeas.

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  • And while it isn't easy to pretty up the Javits Center, white calla lilies and silver drapes helped.

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  • On the larger, rectangular tables I used Lucite stands to place white pillar candles, votives, and bouquets of white roses, gerbera daisies, calla lilies, orchids, and beach grasses at varying heights for maximum visual impact.

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  • Use reflective surfaces such as glass and Lucite, and shimmery metallic containers filled with arrangements of orchids, tulips, and calla lilies to give the room a modern edge.

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  • A silver candelabra covered with long strands of pearls, white feathers, and calla lilies adorned another set of tables.

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  • Another table design consisted of two-tiered crystal candelabras overflowing with white trumpet calla lilies and crystal embellishments.

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  • Instead of bouquets, I had each of them carry matching clutches adorned with calla lilies and peacock feathers—they were elegant, unique, and completely unexpected.

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