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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Examples of wisteria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wisteria drips from the archway while classical music plays over the loudspeakers. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2022 The wisteria, rolling green hills, and stately buildings are irresistible, especially in the spring. Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2022 Suddenly, everyone was interested in buying empire-waist dresses, touring the south of England, and decorating their homes with wisteria. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 21 Mar. 2022 The Chinese wisteria planted in 1892 flourished in SoCal’s mild weather, growing branches that measured 500 feet by 1994, the year Guinness World Records made the claim official. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Brick and wrought-iron garden gates and doors, many the hosts of thick accumulations of climbing wisteria and ivy, connect the rooms and are one of the few reminders of passing time. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Come spring, the space will be overrun with jasmine, wisteria and blossoming plum trees. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 The hand-poured, soy-wax blend combines the scents of citrus, wisteria, and palm leaf. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Jan. 2022 Wisteria Cabin, named for the wisteria growing around the structure, is the second building on the property. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 22 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for wisteria


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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