[ 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.
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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/ (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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