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[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.
Origin of hosta
< New Latin (1797), after Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761-1834), Austrian botanist; see -a2 Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for hosta


any plant of the liliaceous genus Hosta, of China and Japan: cultivated esp for their ornamental foliage
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, named after N. T. Host (1761–1834), Austrian physician
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Word Origin and History for hosta

1828, plant genus of the lily family, coined 1812 in Modern Latin for Austrian physician and botanist Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761-1834).

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