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, wistaria [wi-steer-ee-uh, -stair-] .

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

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

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1819, formed by botanist Thomas Nuttall, Eng. botanist, in allusion to Amer. anatomist Caspar Wistar (1761-1818) of Philadelphia. The -e- apparently is a misprint.
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Craning out of the new wisteria, fruit smears in the west.
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