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
Recent Examples of wisteria from the Web
THE ANGRY POPOVICH FLOAT: Made entirely of strong-smelling wisteria blossoms, this giant glowering visage of the San Antonio Spurs coach will attempt to intimidate viewers along the parade route.
During our visit, the pergola was draped with fragrant wisteria blossoms.
Irises, lupines, purple wisteria, tulips, dahlias, bluebells, daffodils, hyacinth, pansies, and pink verbena add color to the grounds.
Milan was chaotic but vivacious last week, wooing visitors with sunshine, wisteria and boatloads of Easter candy.
The entire private garden feels straight out of a fairytale, but the main attractions are the two 100-meter wisteria tunnels (the collection includes 150 Wisteria plants from 20 different species).
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Origin and Etymology of wisteria
New Latin Wisteria, from Caspar Wistar †1818 American physician
First Known Use: 1842See Words from the same year
WISTERIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wisteria for English Language Learners
: a plant that grows as a thick vine with large bunches of purple or white flowers
WISTERIA Defined for Kids
Definition of wisteria for Students
: a woody vine that is grown for its long clusters of violet, white, or pink flowers
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