any shrubby climbing plant of the genus Hoya, of the milkweed family, especially the wax plant, H. carnosa, a pot plant with waxy white flowers.

Origin of hoya

< New Latin, named after Thomas Hoy (circa 1750–1822), English gardener; see -a2
Also called porcelain flower, wax vine.
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  • There are several varieties of Hoya, but one only is generally cultivated.

    Talks about Flowers.

    M. D. Wellcome

  • Battle of Hoya in Westphalia, between the allies and French.

  • The next day, about noon, we reached Hoya, which was as Far as my present boat and crew were going to take me.

    The Malay Archipelago

    Alfred Russell Wallace

  • Hoya Carnosa has thick waxy leaves, and bears umbels of beautiful flesh-colored flowers which are very wax-like in appearance.

    Talks about Flowers.

    M. D. Wellcome

  • At a little distance, in the place known as Hoya de Corralejo, one may still see the Togaror, or tribal meeting place.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

British Dictionary definitions for hoya



any plant of the asclepiadaceous genus Hoya, of E Asia and Australia, esp the waxplant popular as a house plant

Word Origin for hoya

C19: named after Thomas Hoy (died 1821), English gardener
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