A close up of the calla lily.
calla definition by Webster's New World
- any of several plants (genus Zantedeschia) of the arum family, with a conspicuous white, yellow, or pink spathe surrounding a club-shaped, yellow spadix; specif., a plant (Z. aethiopica), having a large, showy, white spathe enclosing a yellow spadixalso calla lily
- the wild calla (Calla palustris), a bog plant of the arum family, having greenish-white spathes and bearing bright-red berries
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Classical Latin calla, calsa, a plant (of uncertain kind): so named by Carolus Linnaeus
calla definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A calla lily.
- A marsh plant (Calla palustris) of the North Temperate Zone, having small, densely clustered, greenish flowers partly enclosed in a spreading white spathe. Also called water arum.
Origin: New Latin Calla, genus name, from Greek kallaia, wattle of a cock, perhaps from kallos, beauty.