noun \wis-ˈtir-ē-ə\

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

Full Definition of WISTERIA

:  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

Variants of WISTERIA

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

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Origin of WISTERIA

New Latin Wisteria, from Caspar Wistar †1818 American physician
First Known Use: 1842


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the twining, usually woody vines that make up the genus Wisteria, of the pea family (see legume), native mostly to Asia and North America. The leaves are pinnately compound (feathery). They are widely cultivated for their attractive spreading growth and beautiful, profuse flowers (blue, purple, rose, or white), which grow in large, drooping clusters. American wisteria (W. frutescens) and Kentucky wisteria (W. macrostachya) are native to the U.S.

Variants of WISTERIA

wisteria or wistaria


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