calla lily

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

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Examples of calla lily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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., "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 The chic and understated calla lily is a simple and modern choice for a bouquet—whether on Valentine's Day or otherwise. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "12 Best Valentine's Day Flower Arrangements for That Special Someone," 18 Dec. 2018 There are a lot of wanna-bes out there (sorry, water lilies and calla lilies!). Taylor Murphy, House Beautiful, "8 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Lilies," 14 July 2015 ProFlowers' Nightfall Roses and black calla lilies will knock a little life back into those skeletons and ghosts. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "These Black Roses & Callas Will Totally Outdo That Basic Halloween Tablescape," 1 Aug. 2018 Pictured: White calla lilies in a silver trumpet vase. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "As Seen On Good Day LA: Flower Arranging," 26 Jan. 2011 Bulbs: Achimenes, agapanthus, blood lilies, bulbine, caladiums, calla lilies, cannas, crinums, day lilies, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lilies, peacock ginger, society garlic, spider lilies and rain lilies. Tom Maccubbin,, "May in the garden," 28 Apr. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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