noun, often attributive \ˈgrāp\

: a green, dark red, or purplish-black berry that is used to make wine or is eaten as a fruit

Full Definition of GRAPE

:  a smooth-skinned juicy greenish-white to deep red or purple berry eaten dried or fresh as a fruit or fermented to produce wine
:  any of numerous woody vines (genus Vitis of the family Vitaceae, the grape family) that usually climb by tendrils, produce grapes, and are nearly cosmopolitan in cultivation
:  grapeshot
grape·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of GRAPE

  1. a bunch of seedless grapes

Origin of GRAPE

Middle English, from Anglo-French grape grape stalk, bunch of grapes, grape, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krāpfo hook
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with GRAPE


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Grape (Vitis).—Grant Heilman Photography

Any of the 60 plant species that make up the genus Vitis (family Vitaceae), native to the northern temperate zone, including varieties that may be eaten as table fruit, dried to produce raisins, or crushed to make grape juice or wine. V. vinifera is the species most commonly used in wine making. The grape is usually a woody vine, climbing by means of tendrils. In arid regions it may form an almost erect shrub. Botanically, the fruit is a berry. Grapes contain such minerals as calcium and phosphorus and are a source of vitamin A. All grapes contain sugar (glucose and fructose) in varying quantities depending on the variety.


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