Definition of Calla

1. Noun. South African plant widely cultivated for its showy pure white spathe and yellow spadix.

Exact synonyms: Arum Lily, Calla Lily, Zantedeschia Aethiopica
Generic synonyms: Flower
Group relationships: Genus Zantedeschia, Zantedeschia
Specialized synonyms: Pink Calla, Zantedeschia Rehmanii, Golden Calla

2. Noun. Water arum.
Exact synonyms: Genus Calla
Generic synonyms: Liliopsid Genus, Monocot Genus
Group relationships: Araceae, Arum Family, Family Araceae
Member holonyms: Calla Palustris, Water Arum, Wild Calla

Definition of Calla

1. n. A genus of plants, of the order Araceæ.

Definition of Calla

1. Noun. (botany) A South African marsh plant, of the genus ''Calla'', having pale green flowers in a white spathe ¹

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Definition of Calla

1. a tropical plant [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Calla

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Literary usage of Calla

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1. Fungous Diseases of Plants, with Chapters on Physiology, Culture Methods and by Benjamin Minge Duggar (1909)
"This organism, very closely related to the preceding, has been found to be the cause of a serious soft rot of the calla lily, destroying the plants at about ..."

2. Curtis's Botanical Magazine, Or, Flower-garden Displayed by John Sims (1822)
"LODDIGES and SONS also raised it about the same time from seeds, sent by Dr. ROXBURGH under the name of Calla aromática; but finding very little scent in ..."

3. Through the Year with Thoreau by Henry David Thoreau, Herbert Wendell Gleason (1917)
"To Violet Sorrel and Calla Swamp.1 The calla is generally past prime and going to seed. I had said to Pratt, "It will be worth the while to look for other ..."

4. Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and Their Practical Application by Luther Burbank, John Whitson, Robert John, Henry Smith Williams, Luther Burbank Society (1914)
"These plants, although universally called Callus by the florist, are not so named by the botanist, the true Calla being a quite different flower of no great ..."

5. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and Liberty Hyde Bailey by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"There are many forms of the calla lily in cult., a number of which have received ... YELLOW Calla. Petioles 12-18 in. long, usually or always bristly below; ..."

6. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1902)
"Calla LILY. Perennial herbs with many long-petioled leaves from a thick ... The true Calla is not of this genus; see Calla. For the Black Calla, see Arum. ..."

7. The Minnesota Horticulturist by Minnesota State Horticultural Society (1900)
"He is putting considerable time on the improvement of the calla and aims to get a yellow calla of the same form as our common white calia lily. ..."

8. Magazine of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries and edited by Charles Mason Hovey (1840)
"The Calla aethiopica is a native, according to the Hort. ... are more generally cultivated, as parlor ornaments, than the calla. ..."

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