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[kal-uh s] /ˈkæl əs/
Maria Meneghini
[men-i-gee-nee] /ˌmɛn ɪˈgi ni/ (Show IPA),
1923–77, U.S. soprano.


[kal-uh] /ˈkæl ə/
Also called calla lily, arum lily. any of several plants belonging to the genus Zantedeschia, of the arum family, especially Z. aethiopica, having arrow-shaped leaves and a large white spathe enclosing a yellow spike.
a related plant, Calla palustris, of cold marshes of Europe and North America, having heart-shaped leaves.
Origin of calla
< New Latin (Linnaeus) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The next evening she expected him to call, but he only sent her a bunch of Callas.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • An hour later Robert appeared at the door with a bunch of Callas, to which Mrs. Hilbrough's card was attached.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Callas, like all other bulbous plants, must have a season of rest.

    Your Plants James Sheehan
  • Before the arrival of Alexander, he had succeeded in checking the advance of Parmenio and Callas.

    The Anabasis of Alexander Arrian of Nicomedia
  • Just think of picking roses and Callas with snow in plain sight!

    How We are Fed James Franklin Chamberlain
  • He just applied scientific knowledge in his training of walnut trees and Callas and prunes and other forms of vegetable life.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
  • The meat-markets are tastefully concealed with a leafy screen and Callas.

  • Just before leaving the house, however, she took the Callas and carried them with her in her gloved hand.

    An Artist in Crime Rodrigues Ottolengui
  • Farther on are orange-colored ones, and some shaped like Callas, translucent, and in color a pale pink carnelian.

  • All winter long my front yard has been green and beautifulroses blooming in January, and Callas in March.

British Dictionary definitions for Callas


Maria, real name Maria Anna Cecilia Kalageropoulos. 1923–77, Greek operatic soprano, born in the US


Also called calla lily, arum lily. any southern African plant of the aroid genus Zantedeschia, esp Z. aethiopica, which has a white funnel-shaped spathe enclosing a yellow spadix
an aroid plant, Calla palustris, that grows in wet places and has a white spathe enclosing a greenish spadix, and red berries
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, probably from Greek kalleia wattles on a cock, probably from kallos beauty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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