plantain lily


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plantain lily

n.
See hosta.

plantain lily

n
(Plants) any of several Asian plants of the liliaceous genus Hosta, having broad ribbed leaves and clusters of white, blue, or lilac flowers. Also called: day lily

plan′tain lil′y


n.
any Japanese or Chinese plant of the genus Hosta, of the lily family, having large leaves and spikes or one-sided clusters of white, lilac, or blue flowers.
[1880–85]
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Noun1.plantain lily - any of numerous perennials having mounds of sumptuous broad ribbed leaves and clusters of white, blue, or lilac flowersplantain lily - any of numerous perennials having mounds of sumptuous broad ribbed leaves and clusters of white, blue, or lilac flowers; used as ground cover
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Funka, genus Funka, genus Hosta, Hosta - robust east Asian clump-forming perennial herbs having racemose flowers: plantain lilies; sometimes placed in family Hostaceae
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