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any plant of the aroid genus Arum, of Europe and the Mediterranean region, having arrow-shaped leaves and a typically white spathe See also cuckoopint
arum lily, another name for calla (sense 1)
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C16: from Latin, a variant of aros wake-robin, from Greek aron
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  • This arum, for example, grows first from a small hard seed with a single lobe or seed-leaf.

  • And now the arum begins its great preparations for the act of flowering.

  • The interiors of the houses are decorated profusely with coco-palm leaves, goian (arum) plants, and flags.

  • But we must continue our researches, and they bring us now to the arum.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • This occurs in Geranium pratense, Thymus serpyllum, arum maculatum, and many others.

    Darwinism (1889) Alfred Russel Wallace
  • But as soon as the pollen is discharged the hairs wither away, and then the flies are free to visit a second arum.

  • Among the tubers produced are sweet potatoes, white potatoes, yams, the arum and the yucca.

    Cuba, Old and New Albert Gardner Robinson
  • But the principal crop is the taro-plant (arum esculentum), from which the native food of poi is made.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • Strange as is the action of the arum, the method whereby the mentzelia takes its prey is even more wonderful.

  • All around was a tableland of lush grass with marigolds and arum lilies instead of daisies and buttercups.

    Prester John John Buchan

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