[ hoi-uh ]
/ ˈhɔɪ ə /


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.

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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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/ (ˈhɔɪə) /


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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