[ 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.


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Origin of hosta

< New Latin (1797), after Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761–1834), Austrian botanist; see -a2 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
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