calla lily

noun
cal·​la lily | \ ˈka-lə- How to pronounce calla lily (audio) \

Definition of calla lily

: any of several herbs (genus Zantedeschia) of the arum family especially : a house or greenhouse plant (Z. aethiopica) with a white showy spathe and yellow spadix

called also calla

Examples of calla lily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Calla Lilies The chic and understated calla lily is a simple and modern choice for a bouquet—whether on Valentine's Day or otherwise. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "The 12 Best Valentine's Day Flower Arrangements for That Special Someone," 16 Dec. 2020 Or what about an X-rayed calla lily from 1986, as stunning as a Georgia O’Keeffe drawing? Maria G. Keehan, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Photos From the First Decade of Smithsonian Magazine Show Where Art and Science Meet," 10 Apr. 2020 Firefighters and other volunteers decked the hydrant with a calla lily wreath to mark the 114th anniversary of the quake and fire. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 17-18," 24 Apr. 2020 The bride, clutching a bouquet of calla lilies and hibiscus, followed a path of white delphiniums that led to an altar adorned with a huge arch of white, yellow, lavender and soft pink flowers. New York Times, "The Perfect Window for a First Impression," 29 Feb. 2020 The Look: Tropicalia Versatile anthurium, heliconia, calla lilies, and cone ginger are your friends here, and feel free to lean on Monstera, banana leaves, and Alocasia for greenery. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 Compare that to Mapplethorpe’s portrait of Dennis Speight naked, holding a spray of calla lilies like a floral ejaculation. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "Has Robert Mapplethorpe’s Moment Passed?," 25 July 2019 His displays include dahlias, cannas, calla lilies, oriental lilies, day lilies, hydrangeas, climbing hydrangeas, rhododendrons, pink, white, purple, roses, peonies, rudbeckias, coneflowers, clematis, lupines and many others. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 15 June 2019 Southern California Plant summer-blooming bulbs, corms, and tubers, including acidanthera, agapanthus, tuberous begonias, caladiums, calla lilies, dahlias, daylilies, gladiolus, iris, ixia, montbretias, tiger flowers, tuberoses, and watsonias. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of calla lily

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calla lily

New Latin, genus name, modification of Greek kallaia rooster's wattles

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“Calla lily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calla%20lily. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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