hoya

hoya

[hoi-uh]
noun
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.
Also called porcelain flower, wax vine.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin, named after Thomas Hoy (circa 1750–1822), English gardener; see -a2

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hoya (ˈhɔɪə)
 
n
any plant of the asclepiadaceous genus Hoya, of E Asia and Australia, esp the waxplant popular as a house plant
 
[C19: named after Thomas Hoy (died 1821), English gardener]

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