calla lily


cal·​la lily ˈka-lə- How to pronounce calla lily (audio)
: 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 How to Plant and Grow Calla Lily Why is fall the perfect time to decorate with midnight calla lilies? Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Oct. 2023 However, if your style leans more sophisticated than scary, consider choosing moody florals over warm-toned mums—specifically, midnight calla lilies. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Oct. 2023 These could include any long-stemmed blooms such as sunflowers, lilies, calla lilies and some roses. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 Sometimes requests come in for memorial pants: calla lilies and butterflies and names to honor a loved one. Ferron Salniker, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 Additionally, this anti-aging formula features a complex called Multi-Firm Technology which is composed of calla lily extract, dokudami extract, and peony extract for their skin-plumping benefits. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 20 July 2023 There was even a calla lily blooming from a patch of dirt everyone at the kitchen thought had gone barren. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2023 The six-year anniversary is marked by purple, calla lilies and amethyst, so these options give you more room for gift-giving possibilities. Christina Montoya Fiedler, Good Housekeeping, 31 Mar. 2023 My mother gifted me a beautiful large plant of flowering white calla lilies this past weekend as a housewarming gift. oregonlive, 19 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calla lily was in 1854

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“Calla lily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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calla lily

cal·​la lily ˈkal-ə- How to pronounce calla lily (audio)
: a plant often grown for its large white bract surrounding a fleshy spike of small yellow flowers

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