wis·te·ria | \wi-ˈstir-ē-ə \
variants: or less commonly wistaria \wi-ˈstir-ē-ə also -ˈster- \

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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Inspired by Beckham's very own gardens, the terrace will include groupings of troughs and cubes, and a dramatic archway, canopying the entrance into the restaurant with scented garden roses and white wisteria. Vogue, "Victoria Beckham’s Guide to Summer Gardening," 21 May 2018 Grab a seat on the upper deck under the wisteria, and try the Low Country linguine with sautéed crawfish and mushrooms ($13) or seafood ravioli with dill sauce ($14). Colleen Creamer, New York Times, "36 Hours in Chattanooga," 24 May 2018 The wisteria’s purple blooms should be fully mature, and drape alluringly over the crown of the building, in a couple of years, explains Pieters. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "A Ghent pub and soccer-fan hangout becomes a dream home," 18 June 2018 The couple chose ash and Japanese cherry trees, along with wisteria. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "A Ghent pub and soccer-fan hangout becomes a dream home," 18 June 2018 Every single detail—from the overflowing wisteria alter, to the wedding’s live butterflies—were donated by well-wishers. Samantha Leach, Glamour, ""We Made It Through:" Charlottesville Couple's Marriage Is an Act of Resistance in the Face of Hate," 18 May 2018 Take the Camilla, one of her very first sketches, which is now available in both a pale-yellow Italian linen and a vintage wisteria print that Bini came across on her travels. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "These Dreamy New Florence-Made Dresses Are Perfect for Summer," 16 May 2018 Stay The peaches-and-cream Hotel Splendido, with wisteria trellises on a hillside overlooking the port, evokes the era of the Grand Tour and still can’t be beat. Alexander Lobrano, Town & Country, "Exploring Italy's Beautiful Coastal Towns," 2 June 2017 My sister soldiered forth with another needlepoint, in the new colors, with a bushy yet barren wisteria in the front. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Attack of the purple ‘bean trees’," 6 June 2018

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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 \
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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