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

  • n. Ground planted with cultivated grapevines.
  • n. A sphere of spiritual, mental, or physical endeavor.

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  • n. A grape plantation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inclosure or yard for grapevines; a plantation of vines producing grapes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plantation of grape-vines; literally, an inclosure or yard for vines.

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

  • n. a farm of grapevines where wine grapes are produced


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vine +‎ yard



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  • Reading the poem it's very much like an out-take from Don Juan, with its trademark vaunting, bathetic rhymes ("guttural / sputter all").

    I think the last three stanzas are very funny - and as true today as ever!

    Basically Byron is taking the piss here, and if anyone is allowed to do that, Byron is.

    October 9, 2008

  • Worth clicking the link below if you take ghoulish pleasure in watching a capable poet produce a shocker. One verse is as much as I can bear to post here:

    With all its sinful doings, I must say,

    That Italy’s a pleasant place to me,

    Who love to see the sun shine every day,

    And vines (not nailed to walls) from tree to tree

    Festooned, much like the back scene of a play,

    Or melodrame, which people flock to see,

    When the first act is ended by a dance

    In vineyard copied from the South of France.

    - Lord Byron, Italy versus England.

    October 9, 2008