wisteria

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noun wis·te·ria \wi-ˈstir-ē-ə\
variants: or less commonly

wistaria

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Definition of wisteria

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of wisteria

New Latin Wisteria, from Caspar Wistar †1818 American physician


First Known Use: 1842


WISTERIA Defined for English Language Learners

wisteria

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noun wis·te·ria \wi-ˈstir-ē-ə\

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

wisteria

play
noun wis·te·ria \wi-ˈstir-ē-ə\
variants: also

wistaria

\-ˈstir-ē-ə, -ˈster-\

Definition of wisteria for Students

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



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