sea grape


Definition of sea grape

: a tree (Coccoloba uvifera) of the buckwheat family that inhabits sandy shores from Florida to South America, has rounded leaves, and bears clusters of purple to whitish edible berries

Examples of sea grape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outdoor space: The half-acre lot is large by Sanibel standards and planted with palms, sea grape and sea oats. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Looking for a Beach House? It’ll Cost You," 2 Aug. 2019 Forty-odd islanders on 15 workboats spent days dragging the bottom but pulled up only algae and sea grapes. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 Cinnamon Bay has ample sandy real estate, sky blue water, shady nooks under sea grape trees, and the best bodysurfing and people-watching on the island—which, though still recovering from the 2017 hurricane season, is open for business. The Editors, Outside Online, "North America's 16 Best, Most Overlooked Beaches," 1 June 2018 The raw fish is served in a sweet-sour kombucha tea and dotted with gelatinous sea grapes, cubes of pickled, tart green apple with dollops of tangy buttermilk spiked with fermented jalapeño and orange chutney. Victoria Pesce Elliott, miamiherald, "Why this restaurant earned our first ‘Exceptional’ review in two years. (Hint: its talented tattooed chef) | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 One of the most recognizable trees on the island is the sea grape, with large rounded leaves that turns deep orange and purple in the autumn. Francesca Gavin, Newsweek, "Captiva: The Island That Changed Rauschenberg and 20th Century Art," 13 Nov. 2016 Most all of the site’s parking spots are near the wooden walkways that cross thick sea grape and take you to the beach. Steven Ford,, "Jetty Park is great beach getaway for the day — or longer," 13 Oct. 2017 The sea grape tree is now down, gracefully, on its side. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Riding out Hurricane Irma on "the dirty side" in Miami," 12 Sep. 2017 Most rooms are set back in the jungle among palms and sea grape trees, but the ones to book are the five oceanfront suites with private covered terraces right above the beach. Andrea Whittle, CNT, "Habitas, a New Hotel in Tulum, Turns the Stale Idea of a Beach Resort on its Head," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sea grape

1806, in the meaning defined above

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“Sea grape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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