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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, round, smooth-skinned edible fruit, usually purple, red, or green, that grows in bunches on certain vines.
  • n. A woody vine that bears clusters of grapes; a grapevine.
  • n. A dark purplish red colour, the colour of many grapes.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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. The plant which bears this fruit; the grapevine.
  • n. A mangy tumor on the leg of a horse.
  • n. Grapeshot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • ; pret. and pp. graped, ppr. graping. A dialectal (Scotch) form of grope.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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


Middle English, from Old French, bunch of grapes, hook, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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