Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several climbing woody vines of the genus Wisteria in the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves and drooping racemes of showy purplish or white flowers.

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  • n. Any of several woody climbing vines, of the genus Wisteria, native to the East Asian countries of China, Korea, and Japan and the eastern United States.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as wistaria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any flowering vine of the genus Wisteria

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin Wisteria, genus name, after Caspar Wistar (1761-1818), American physician.

Examples

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  • the color of purple

    September 15, 2011

  • Along with the scent of the plumeria blossom (frangipani).

    I also like Alyssum and Jacaranda as olfactory charmers...

    August 22, 2007

  • This may be one of the best scents on Earth.

    August 21, 2007

  • A black sheep boy dissolves

    In hot cream, in sweet moans

    In each dead bed and empty home

    In each seething bacterium

    Killing softly and serial

    He lifts his head, handsome, horned, magisterial

    He's the smell of the moonlight wisteria

    He's the thrill of the abecedarian

    (See the muddy hoofprints where he carried you?)

    -Okkervil River

    January 21, 2007