: a large genus (the type of the family Vitaceae) of woody vines having simple often lobed leaves and small polygamously dioecious flowers with the petals united in a cap that falls away entire from the hypogynous disk see grape sense 2

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New Latin, from Latin, vine

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“Vitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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