wis·​te·​ria | \ wi-ˈstir-ē-ə How to pronounce wisteria (audio) \
variants: or less commonly wistaria \ wi-​ˈstir-​ē-​ə How to pronounce wisteria (audio) also  -​ˈster-​ How to pronounce wisteria (audio) \

Definition of wisteria

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Two days earlier, the man’s wife observed the neighbor taking pruning shears and cutting all of the wisteria plants along the fence. John Benson, cleveland, "Trespassing neighbor apologizes for pruning plants: Brecksville Police Blotter," 21 Apr. 2021 The spring rite is back, wrapped as ever in wisteria and tradition, beauty and civility. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Paul Daugherty: The Masters experience – with its pedigree, traditions - surpasses all expectation," 6 Apr. 2021 The light purple accents and cascading glass wisteria chandelier, meanwhile, are nods to the lavender fields of Sant’Agata. Sandra Ramani, Robb Report, "A Legendary Michelin-Starred Restaurant From Italy Is Opening Its First US Outpost in St. Louis," 11 Mar. 2021 Lucia married her high-school sweetheart, Renato Conti, in the garden; guests congregated around a small pond under a pair of twined wisteria vines. New York Times, "A Florentine Villa Whose Story Is One of Family," 3 Mar. 2021 Indian hawthorn, flowering quince, wisteria, mountain laurel and other woody perennials will probably come through the cold snap unfazed, although some of the higher branches may be dead. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "The freeze-damaged plants in San Antonio yards have homeowners asking: How do I help my plants recover?," 23 Feb. 2021 For the home-turned-museum’s appearance in Bridgerton, wisteria and ivy were added to the exterior, to give it a more enchanting appearance. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "All of the Houses, Palaces, and Castles Featured in Bridgerton," 31 Dec. 2020 The land includes mature 100-year-old oak trees, olive trees, wisteria and Japanese maple trees. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "In California’s Silicon Valley, an Architecturally Striking Home Asks $33 Million," 9 Dec. 2020 The secluded park-like grounds are lighted and have natural limestone rock formations, a water well, a sculpture garden and willow and wisteria arbors. Dallas News, "Build your next home to suit your desires," 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of wisteria

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wisteria

New Latin Wisteria, from Caspar Wistar †1818 American physician

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“Wisteria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wisteria. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wisteria

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


wis·​te·​ria | \ wi-ˈstir-ē-ə How to pronounce wisteria (audio) \
variants: also wistaria \ -​ˈstir-​ē-​ə , -​ˈster-​ \

Kids Definition of wisteria

: a woody vine that is grown for its long clusters of violet, white, or pink flowers

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