from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See plantain lily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several herbaceous Asiatic plants of the genus Hosta: a plantain lily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. robust east Asian clump-forming perennial herbs having racemose flowers: plantain lilies; sometimes placed in family Hostaceae


New Latin Hosta, genus name, after Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761-1834), Austrian botanist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Nicolaus Thomas Host, Austrian botanist (Wiktionary)



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