[ hoh-stuh, hos-tuh ]
/ ˈhoʊ stə, ˈhɒs tə /
any of various plants belonging to the genus Hosta, of the lily family, which includes the plantain lily.
This Word Of The Day Quiz Is Far From Thersitical
Have you mastered the meaning of phronesis? How about plethoric? Take the quiz on the words from the week of February 17 to 23 to find out.
Question 1 of 7
Words nearby hosta
Origin of hosta
< New Latin (1797), after Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761–1834), Austrian botanist; see -a2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for hosta
/ (ˈhɒstə) /
any plant of the liliaceous genus Hosta, of China and Japan: cultivated esp for their ornamental foliage
Word Origin for hosta
C19: New Latin, named after N. T. Host (1761–1834), Austrian physician
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012