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

  • n. A weak-stemmed plant that derives its support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface.
  • n. The stem of such a plant.
  • n. A grapevine.
  • n. Grapevines considered as a group: products of the vine.
  • intransitive v. To form or develop like a vine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the climbing plant that produces grapes
  • n. any plant of the genus Vitis
  • n. by extension, any similar climbing or trailing plant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any woody climbing plant which bears grapes.
  • n. Hence, a climbing or trailing plant; the long, slender stem of any plant that trails on the ground, or climbs by winding round a fixed object, or by seizing anything with its tendrils, or claspers; a creeper

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A climbing plant with a woody stem, the fruit of which is known as the grape; a grape-vine: often called specifically the vine. It is of the genus Vitis, and of numerous species and varieties, the primary species being the V. vinifera of the Old World. See grape and Vitis.
  • n. Any plant with a long slender stem that trails on the ground, or climbs and supports itself by winding round a fixed object, or by seizing any fixed thing with its tendrils or claspers: as, the hop-vine; the vines of melons.
  • n. A plant of Jamaica, Forsteronia floribunda of the Apocynaceæ, yielding an excellent caoutchouc
  • n. Aspidiotus uvæ, a small, round, inconspicuous scale occurring on grapecanes in the United States; also. A. vitis, a closely allied species occurring in Europe.
  • n. The grape-vine filbert-gall of Cecidomyia vitis-coryloides, a rounded mass of galls 1½ or 2 inches in diameter, springing from a common center, and composed of from ten to forty woolly greenish galls, the larger ones the size and shape of a filbert
  • n. The grape-vine tomato-gall of Lasioptera vitis, a mass of irregular succulent swellings on the leaf-stalks of the vine, yellowish-green with rosy cheeks, or sometimes entirely red.
  • n. The grape-vine apple-gall of Cecidomyia vitis-pomum, a globular, fleshy, greenish gall, nearly an inch in diameter, attached by a rough base to the stem of the vine
  • n. The leaf-gall of the above-ground form of Phylloxera vastatrix.
  • n. Sesia polistiformis, a small hornet-moth whose larva bores in the roots of the vine.
  • n. Vitis Labrusca, the northern fox-grape of America. See Vitis.

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

  • n. a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vīnea, from feminine of vīneus, of wine, from vīnum, wine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French vigne, from Latin vinea (Wiktionary)



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