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calla Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun South African plant widely cultivated for its showy pure white spathe and yellow spadix
    Zantedeschia aethiopica; arum lily; calla lily.
  2. noun water arum
    genus Calla.
WordNet

Cal"la noun
Etymology
Linnæus derived Calla fr. Gr. a cock's wattes but cf. L. calla, calsa, name of an unknown plant, and Gr. beautiful.
Definitions
  1. (Bot.) A genus of plants, of the order Araceæ. ✍ The common Calla of cultivation is Richardia Africana, belonging to another genus of the same order. Its large spathe is pure white, surrounding a fleshy spike, which is covered with minute apetalous flowers.

Webster 1913


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