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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sporting a tall green spike from its center, this flower resembles a calla lily on steroids. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 11 May 2022 Amorphophallum titanum, or the titan arum, a relative of the calla lily familiar from floral arrangements. Richard Pallardy, Discover Magazine, 15 July 2021 Emily played the role of model for designer Pierre Cadeau in a sculptural white mini dress reminiscent of a calla lily. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 20 Dec. 2022 Inside the historic Hamilton Hotel, the venue showcased two elegant long tables taking nearly the length of the ballroom dressed in ethereal candles, blossoming pastel florals, and pale gray linens, with a calla lily garnish at each place setting. Concetta Ciarlo, Vogue, 13 Oct. 2022 Use these calla lily care tips to keep your plants blooming all summer long. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 June 2022 Some plants to avoid are calla lily, sago palm, azalea and rhododendron, among others. Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 See Mother’s Day ideas, from a fresco pink calla lily plant ($45) to a lavender plant growing in a sustainable planter ($38). oregonlive, 6 May 2021 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, 16 Dec. 2020 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 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

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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