[ wi-steer-ee-uh ]
/ wɪˈstɪər i ə /


any climbing shrub belonging to the genus Wisteria, of the legume family, having showy, pendent clusters of blue-violet, white, purple, or rose flowers.

Nearby words

  1. wissler, clark,
  2. wist,
  3. wistaria,
  4. wister,
  5. wister, owen,
  6. wistful,
  7. wistfully,
  8. wisła,
  9. wit,
  10. witan

Also wis·tar·i·a [wi-steer-ee-uh, -stair-] /wɪˈstɪər i ə, -ˈstɛər-/.

Origin of wisteria

< New Latin Wistaria (1818), named after Caspar Wistar (1761–1818), U.S. anatomist; see -ia

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British Dictionary definitions for wisteria


/ (wɪˈstɪərɪə) /


any twining leguminous woody climbing plant of the genus Wisteria, of E Asia and North America, having blue, purple, or white flowers in large drooping clusters

Word Origin for wisteria

C19: from New Latin, named after Caspar Wistar (1761–1818), American anatomist

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Word Origin and History for wisteria



1819, formed by Thomas Nuttall, English botanist, in recognition of American anatomist Caspar Wistar (1761-1818) of Philadelphia. The -e- apparently is a misprint.

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