Definition of hosta in English:

hosta

Syllabification: hos·ta
Pronunciation: /ˈhōstə, ˈhästə
 
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noun

  • An eastern Asian plant cultivated in the West for its shade-tolerant foliage and loose clusters of tubular mauve or white flowers. Also called plantain lily.
    • Genus Hosta (formerly Funkia), family Liliaceae
    More example sentences
    • Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of perennials, including campanulas, daylilies, hostas, peonies, sedums, and Shasta daisies.
    • Covering the hillside around the patio is a tapestry of astilbes, azaleas, campanulas, ferns, hellebores, hostas, Japanese maples, moss, and rhododendrons.
    • Last year I underestimated the growth of my hostas and planted dahlias somewhere in their vicinity.

Origin

modern Latin, named after Nicolaus T. Host (1761–1834), Austrian physician.

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