from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various woody vines of the genus Vitis, bearing clusters of edible berries and widely cultivated in many species and varieties.
  • noun The fleshy, smooth-skinned, purple, red, or green berry of a grape, eaten raw or dried as a raisin and widely used in winemaking.
  • noun A dark violet to dark grayish purple.
  • noun Grapeshot.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • ; pret. and pp. graped, ppr. graping. A dialectal (Scotch) form of grope.
  • noun plural A specific affection of the heel of horses, accompanied by an offensive discharge and the formation of red, raw excrescences (grapes) on the surface. Also called varrucose dermatitis
  • noun Tuberculosis of the serous membranes (pleura and peritoneum) in which conglomerate clusters of tubercles are found. Also called pearly disease.
  • noun See sea-grape, 2, 3.
  • noun The fruit of the vine, from which wine is made; a pulpy edible fruit or berry growing in clusters on vines of the genus Vitis.
  • noun The vine which produces this fruit; the grape-vine.
  • noun The knob at the butt of a cannon.
  • noun plural In farriery, a mangy tumor on the leg of a horse.
  • noun Milit., grape-shot.
  • noun The Sargassum bacciferum, a seaweed with large bladders in grape-like clusters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A well-known edible berry growing in pendent clusters or bunches on the grapevine. The berries are smooth-skinned, have a juicy pulp, and are cultivated in great quantities for table use and for making wine and raisins.
  • noun (Bot.) The plant which bears this fruit; the grapevine.
  • noun (Man.) A mangy tumor on the leg of a horse.
  • noun (Mil.) Grapeshot.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See Vine borer.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a minute black weevil (Craponius inæqualis) which in the larval state eats the interior of grapes.
  • noun (Bot.) a liliaceous plant (Muscari racemosum) with small blue globular flowers in a dense raceme.
  • noun (Bot.) a fungus (Oidium Tuckeri) on grapevines; vine mildew.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a small yellow and red hemipterous insect, often very injurious to the leaves of the grapevine.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a small moth (Eudemis botrana), which in the larval state eats the interior of grapes, and often binds them together with silk.
  • noun the cascabel or knob at the breech.
  • noun See Glucose.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the larva of the grape moth.
  • noun things which persons affect to despise because they can not possess them; -- in allusion to Æsop's fable of the fox and the grapes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable A small, round, smooth-skinned edible fruit, usually purple, red, or green, that grows in bunches on certain vines.
  • noun countable A woody vine that bears clusters of grapes; a grapevine.
  • noun countable, uncountable A dark purplish red colour, the colour of many grapes.
  • noun uncountable grapeshot.
  • noun A mangy tumour on a horse's leg.
  • adjective Containing grapes or having a grape flavor.
  • adjective Of a dark purplish red colour.

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

  • noun any of various juicy fruit of the genus Vitis with green or purple skins; grow in clusters
  • noun a cluster of small projectiles fired together from a cannon to produce a hail of shot
  • noun any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries


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

[Middle English, from Old French, bunch of grapes, hook, of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English grape, from Old French grape, grappe, crape ("cluster of fruit or flowers, bunch of grapes"), from graper, craper ("to pick grapes", literally "to hook"), of Germanic origin, from Low Frankish *krappo (“hook”), from Proto-Germanic *krappô, *krappan (“hook”), from Proto-Indo-European *grep- (“hook”), *gremb- (“crooked, uneven”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to turn, bend, twist”). Cognate with Middle Dutch krappe ("hook"), Old High German krapfo (German Krapfe, "hook"). More at cramp.


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