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hos·ta

 (hō′stə, hŏs′tə)
n.
Any of various perennial plants of the genus Hosta, native to East Asia and widely cultivated for their attractive shade-tolerant foliage and tall racemes of white, blue, or lilac flowers. Also called funkia, plantain lily.

[New Latin Hosta, genus name, after Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761-1834), Austrian botanist.]

hosta

(ˈhɒstə)
n
(Plants) any plant of the liliaceous genus Hosta, of China and Japan: cultivated esp for their ornamental foliage
[C19: New Latin, named after N. T. Host (1761–1834), Austrian physician]

hos•ta

(ˈhoʊ stə, ˈhɒs tə)

n., pl. -tas.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Hosta, of the lily family, as the plantain lily.
[< New Latin (1797), after Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761–1834), Austrian botanist; see -a2]
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Noun1.hosta - robust east Asian clump-forming perennial herbs having racemose flowers: plantain liliesHosta - robust east Asian clump-forming perennial herbs having racemose flowers: plantain lilies; sometimes placed in family Hostaceae
liliid monocot genus - genus of monocotyledonous plants comprising mostly herbs having usually petaloid sepals and petals and compound pistils
family Liliaceae, Liliaceae, lily family - includes species sometimes divided among the following families: Alliaceae; Aloeaceae; Alstroemeriaceae; Aphyllanthaceae; Asparagaceae; Asphodelaceae; Colchicaceae; Convallariaceae; Hemerocallidaceae; Hostaceae; Hyacinthaceae; Melanthiaceae; Ruscaceae; Smilacaceae; Tecophilaeacea; Xanthorrhoeaceae
day lily, plantain lily - any of numerous perennials having mounds of sumptuous broad ribbed leaves and clusters of white, blue, or lilac flowers; used as ground cover