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noun hos·ta \ˈhō-stə, ˈhä-\

Definition of hosta

  1. :  any of a genus (Hosta) of Asian perennial herbaceous plants of the lily family with densely growing basal leaves and tall racemes of white or violet flowers —called also funkia, plantain lily

Origin and Etymology of hosta

New Latin, from Nicolaus Host †1834 Austrian botanist

First Known Use: 1930

Rhymes with hosta

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