wis·​te·​ria | \ wi-ˈstir-ē-ə How to pronounce wisteria (audio) \
variants: or less commonly wistaria \ wi-​ˈstir-​ē-​ə also  -​ˈster-​ How to pronounce wistaria (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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His house on Acorn Ridge Drive, wrapped in purple wisteria, survived the Camp Fire in November. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "‘He tried to make Paradise all its name implied’: Long after the Camp Fire, resident’s death opens wounds," 21 June 2019 Related Articles Picture a salmon pink wisteria panicle sprouting from an umbrella-sized leaf. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Highland Park gardener invites us into her own Shangri-la," 15 June 2019 Among climbers, check out fiveleaf akebia, clematis, climbing hydrangea, honeysuckle, passion vine, and wisteria. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018 An elegant dread slithers through every page of this elusive novel like wisteria on a crumbling wall. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 mysteries and thrillers to give you an adrenaline rush this summer," 7 June 2019 An ancient wisteria vine lays claim to the sidewalk between Derian’s shop and the French restaurant next door. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "John Derian’s New Store Is Perfectly at Home in Greenwich Village," 1 Apr. 2018 On your way back from lunch, take the time to explore the hidden garden at Bauer Palladio which, with its wildflowers and wisteria laden pergolas, is like something out of Alice in Wonderland. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Navigating Venice During the Film Festival," 28 Aug. 2018 Lush vegetable and flower gardens, trumpet vine, wisteria, and fig and walnut trees frame a perfectly manicured emerald-green lawn dotted with sculptures. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A California Barn That’s Both Home and Art Sculpture," 22 Aug. 2018 And on an outdoor dining terrace complete with fireplace, wisteria vines were pruned and boxwood trees removed for a plein-air feel. Stephen Henderson, ELLE Decor, "In the Mix," 30 July 2010

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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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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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