[hoh-stuh, hos-tuh]
any of various plants belonging to the genus Hosta, of the lily family, which includes the plantain lily.

< Neo-Latin (1797), after Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761–1834), Austrian botanist; see -a2 Unabridged
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hosta (ˈhɒstə)
any plant of the liliaceous genus Hosta, of China and Japan: cultivated esp for their ornamental foliage
[C19: New Latin, named after N. T. Host (1761--1834), Austrian physician]

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Word Origin & History

1828, plant genus of the lily family, coined 1812 in Mod.L. for Austrian physician and botanist Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761-1834).
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Example sentences
Hosta gardens also are common, as are colorful children's gardens.
Among these are a hosta garden, a perennial garden and a butterfly garden.
Hosta and violets are particularly attractive to slugs.
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