Definition of calla in English:



  • Either of two plants of the arum family.

    arum lily
    and → water arum
    • ‘Eventually they found their specialty after tireless experimenting - flowers ranging from black-eyed Susans to the elegant oriental lilies and callas.’
    • ‘The bride wore an ivory silk empire line dress with lace and pearl detail, chiffon train and pearl tiara, and carried a bouquet of cream roses and calla lilies with green foliage.’
    • ‘These stones - featuring detailed, bas-relief sculptures of irises, tulips, and calla lilies - are cast of concrete in manufactured molds.’
    • ‘Spring callas need moderately acid soil, generous amounts of moisture with good drainage and a resting period.’
    • ‘In the big planters, I put dahlias and calla lilies.’
    • ‘Some choices include azalea, calla, hydrangea, miniature rose, moth orchid, Oriental lily, tulip, and ‘Wonder Bells Blue’ double campanula.’
    • ‘December and January are great months to buy calla lilies.’
    • ‘Don't overlook summer-blooming callas, dahlias and cannas.’
    • ‘She prefers beautiful lilies, callas and orchids.’
    • ‘The easygoing summer bulbs - callas, dahlias, gladiolus, and lilies (Asiatic and Oriental hybrids) - come back in garden beds or containers year after year.’
    • ‘Flowers adorn nearly every grave - leggy calla lilies and leafy hydrangea and big bundles of plump tulips.’
    • ‘She handed me my bouquet of calla lilies, freesias, and irises.’
    • ‘The company began selling roses, calla lilies and other flowers online two years ago.’
    • ‘After frost kills their foliage, dig up callas, cannas, dahlias, tuberous begonias, and other tender bulbs.’
    • ‘The bunch of white calla lilies she had bought lay on the seat beside her, tied with white ribbon.’
    • ‘Adair used five stems each of red roses, pink hyacinths, pink callas, red anemones, plus 15 small red tulips.’
    • ‘Start begonias, caladiums, callas, cannas, and dahlias in pots indoors on a sunny windowsill.’
    • ‘Some lovely choices for wedding flowers include azalea, calla, hydrangea, moth orchid, Oriental lily, rhododendron, and rose.’
    • ‘She carried a hand tied bouquet of calla lilies.’
    • ‘By the way, I think a few long stalks of calla lilies or tulips tied with a satin ribbon is so much more beautiful than a bouquet of coloured-tissue-wrapped flowers.’


Early 19th century: modern Latin.