• WordNet 3.6
    • n wistaria any flowering vine of the genus Wisteria
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wistaria (Bot) A genus of climbing leguminous plants bearing long, pendulous clusters of pale bluish flowers. Now commonly spelled Wisteria.☞ The species commonest in cultivation is the Wistaria Sinensis from Eastern Asia. Wistaria fruticosa grows wild in the southern parts of the United States.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wistaria A genus of leguminous plants, of the tribe Galegeæ and subtribe Tephrosieæ. It is characterized by having papilionaceous flowers in terminal racemes, with a smooth style and stamens usually completely diadelphons, and by a coriaceous readily dehiscent legume, the last character separating it from the large tropical Old World genus Millettia. There are 2 or 3 species, natives of North America, China, and Japan. They are lofty climbing shrubs with odd-pinnate leaves, entire feather-veined and reticulated leaflets, and small stipules. The handsome purplish flowers form terminal pendent racemes. They are much cultivated in America, commonly under the generic name (sometimes erroneously Wisteria); in England they are often known as kidney-bean tree, in Australia as grape-flower vine. W. Chinensis, the Chinese, and W. frutescens, the American wistaria, are much used in the United States to cover verandas and walls. The latter is a native of swamp-margins from Virginia to Illinois and southward, and develops its flowers at the same time with the leaves, instead of before them, as in W. Chinensis. W. Japonica, by some thought not a distinct species, is commonly trained in Japan horizontally on trellises over pleasure-seats as an ornamental shade; it sometimes lives more than a century.
    • n wistaria [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wistaria wis-tā′ri-a a genus of leguminous plants, some of the species amongst the most magnificent ornamental climbers known in English gardens, named from the American anatomist, Caspar Wistar (1761-1818).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

A little brown house built of logs was almost entirely covered with vines, a tangle of woodbine and honeysuckle and wistaria.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
The breeze scarcely stirred the leaves of the wistaria vines over the windows.
"Three Little Cousins" by Amy E. Blanchard
You see, Cornelia's back was to her, and all Sadie can see is that wistaria lid with the feather danglin' down my neck.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
In their hands they carried long trails of the lovely blossom of the wistaria.
"Cornwall's Wonderland" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
Every spring the Mannings, who have nothing against them except that they live on the wrong side of town, give a wistaria party.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
It stands modestly aloof; you must walk under an arch to finds its oldest walls and its wistaria.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
He was staring into the wistaria vines as one who saw his world quaking.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
She turned uneasily in her hammock, catching through the wistaria a glimpse of the open door of the dimly-lit bunkhouse.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
Hereabout we grow Wistarias as standards, and they bloom magnificently.
"Garden and Forest Weekly, Volume 1 No. 1, February 29, 1888" by Various
It was the time of the blooming of the wistaria.
"The Land of Long Ago" by Eliza Calvert Hall

In poetry:

He saw the April noon on his books aglow,
The wistaria trailing in at the window wide;
He heard his father’s voice from the terrace below
Calling him down to ride.
"He Fell Among Thieves" by Sir Henry Newbolt

In news:

' Wistaria Curve' speed bumps subject of meeting tonight in Northeast Portland.
View full size Larry Bingham, The Oregonian Wistaria Drive in Northeast Portland.
View full size Larry Bingham/The Oregonian Wistaria Drive in Northeast Portland.
The Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association on Monday night voted in favor of supporting a city concept to lower the speeds of drivers on dangerous Wistaria Drive.