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wisteria

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noun wis·te·ria \wis-ˈtir-ē-ə\

Simple Definition of wisteria

  • : a plant that grows as a thick vine with large bunches of purple or white flowers

Full Definition of wisteria

  1. :  any of a genus (Wisteria) of mostly woody leguminous vines of China, Japan, and the southeastern United States that have pinnately compound leaves and long racemes of showy blue, white, purple, or rose papilionaceous flowers and that include several (as W. sinensis and W. floribunda) grown as ornamentals

Illustration of wisteria

Variants of wisteria

also wis·tar·ia \-ˈtir-ē-ə also -ˈter-\

Origin of wisteria

New Latin Wisteria, from Caspar Wistar †1818 American physician


First Known Use: 1842



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