: any of a genus (Hoya) of climbing Asian and Australian evergreen shrubs of the milkweed family

Examples of hoya in a Sentence

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Word History


New Latin, from Thomas Hoy †1821 English gardener

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoya was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Hoya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoya. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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