any of a genus (Hoya) of tropical evergreen shrubs of the milkweed family; esp., a vine (H. carnosa) with waxy, star-shaped, white-and-pink flowers
Origin of hoyaafter T. Hoy (1750-1822), British botanist and amp; gardener
Any of various evergreen climbing vines or shrubs of the genus Hoya, native to tropical regions from India to Australasia, some species of which are widely cultivated for their attractive leathery leaves and umbellate clusters of waxy flowers. Also called wax plant.
Origin of hoyaNew Latin Hoya, genus name, after Thomas Hoy, (1750?–1822), British gardener.
- (botany) Any plant of the genus Hoya
From the genus name.
New Latin, after Thomas Hoy + -a