American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous woody vines of the genus Vitis, bearing clusters of edible berries and widely cultivated in many species and varieties.
- n. The fleshy, smooth-skinned, purple, red, or green berry of a grape, eaten raw or dried as a raisin and widely used in winemaking.
- n. A dark violet to dark grayish purple.
- n. Grapeshot.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. The vine which produces this fruit; the grape-vine. The cultivated grape of Europe, whether it be for wine or for table use, is the Vitis vinifera, of which there are said to be 1,500 varieties. The more common native species of the United States are the chicken, frost, or winter grape, V. cordifolia, the fruit of which is small, very sour, and worthless; the riverside grape, V. riparia; the northern fox or plum grape, V. Labrusca; the southern fox, bullace, muscadine, or scuppernong grape, V. vulpina or rotundifolia; and the summer grape, V. œstivalis. The numerous cultivated table-grapes of the eastern United States are either varieties of these (as the Concord, Catawba, Isabella, Hartford Prolific, etc., derived from
V. Labrusca, and the Clinton, from V. riparia), or hybrids of these with each other or with varieties of V. vinifera (as the Delaware, Niagara, Taylor, etc.). The most successful wine-grapes are for the most part varieties of V. œstivalis. All the purely American varieties are remarkable for their power of resisting the attacks of the phylloxera or grape-louse, which has proved so fatal to the European vine, and on this account they have been of late years extensively introduced into the vineyards of Europe. V. riparia has been very largely used for this purpose, either taking the place of V. vinifera entirely or furnishing stocks upon which that species may be safely grafted. See cut under Vitis.
- n. The knob at the butt of a cannon.
- n. plural In farriery, a mangy tumor on the leg of a horse.
- n. Milit., grape-shot.
- n. The Sargassum bacciferum, a seaweed with large bladders in grape-like clusters.
- ; pret. and pp. graped, ppr. graping. A dialectal (Scotch) form of grope.
- n. 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
- n. Tuberculosis of the serous membranes (pleura and peritoneum) in which conglomerate clusters of tubercles are found. Also called pearly disease.
- n. See sea-grape, 2, 3.
- n. countable A small, round, smooth-skinned edible fruit, usually purple, red, or green, that grows in bunches on certain vines.
- n. countable A woody vine that bears clusters of grapes; a grapevine.
- n. countable, uncountable A dark purplish red colour, the colour of many grapes.
- n. uncountable grapeshot.
- n. A mangy tumour on a horse's leg.
- adj. Containing grapes or having a grape flavor.
- adj. Of a dark purplish red colour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. (Bot.) The plant which bears this fruit; the grapevine.
- n. (Man.) A mangy tumor on the leg of a horse.
- n. (Mil.) Grapeshot.
- n. any of various juicy fruit of the genus Vitis with green or purple skins; grow in clusters
- n. a cluster of small projectiles fired together from a cannon to produce a hail of shot
- n. any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, bunch of grapes, hook, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Terroir is the term grape growers use for the distinctive combination of where the grapes are grown, including the soil, the sun, and the wind.”
“The herbal character of the grape is here, particularly on a surprisingly long minty-lime finish, but it's not aggressive or overbearing.”
“Also of note: the Benaza red wine made from the mencia grape is a pretty tasty value as well.”
“The English word grape appears to come from an Indo-European root meaning “curved” or “crooked,” probably referring to the curved blade of the knife used to harvest grape bunches, or to the shape of the bunch stem.”
“Although not big and boozy (only 12.5% on the label), the main grape is tannat, which makes wines that are often opaque in their inky purpleness with tons o’ tannins.”
“ON SUNDAY [SEPTEMBER 29, 1907] … What you experienced with the Portuguese grape is something I know so well: I am feeling it simultaneously in two pomegranates I recently bought from Potin; how glorious they are in their massive heaviness, with the curved ornament of the pistil still on the top; princely in their golden skins with the red undercoat showing through, strong and genuine, like the leather of old Cordovan tapestries.”
“Recent research shows the grape is genetically related to Syrah, Marzemino and Lagrein, the latter being among my favorite north climate reds.”
“Bred by the University of Minnesota, this extremely cold hardy grape is meant for the climate of Lambeau Field or other frozen tundras.”
“I felt great reading your article, because I had actually heard of the St. Pepin grape!”
“Santorini from Greece (Assyrtiko the main grape usually) and a Grillo from Sicily.”
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