Cal"la (?), n. [Linnaeus derived Calla fr. Gr. a cock's wattes but cf. L. calla, calsa, name of an unknown plant, and Gr. beautiful.] Bot.

A genus of plants, of the order Araceae.

⇒ The common Calla of cultivation is Richardia Africana, belonging to another genus of the same order. Its large spathe is pure white, surrounding a fleshy spike, which is covered with minute apetalous flowers.


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