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Meaning of grape by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old French grape, grappe, crape ( “cluster of fruit or flowers, bunch of grapes” ), from graper, craper ( “to pick grapes”, literally “to hook” ), of Germanic origin, from Low Frankish *krappo ( “hook” ), from Proto-Germanic *krappô, *krappan ( “hook” ), from Proto-Indo-European *grep- ( “hook” ), *gremb- ( “crooked, uneven” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- ( “to turn, bend, twist” ). Cognate with Middle Dutch krappe ( “hook” ), Old High German krapfo ( German Krapfe, “hook” ). More at cramp .


    • IPA: /ɡɹeɪp/
    • Rhymes: -eɪp


    grape ( countable and uncountable; plural: grapes )

    1. ( countable ) A small, round, smooth-skinned edible fruit, usually purple, red, or green, that grows in bunches on certain vines .
    2. ( countable ) A woody vine that bears clusters of grapes; a grapevine .
    3. ( countable, uncountable ) A dark purplish red colour, the colour of many grapes .
      grape colour:
    4. ( uncountable ) grapeshot .


    grape ( comparative more grape, superlative most grape )

    1. Containing grapes or having a grape flavor .
    2. Of a dark purplish red colour .

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Explanation of grape by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a cluster of small projectiles fired together from a cannon to produce a hail of shot

    2. any of various juicy fruit of the genus Vitis with green or purple skins

    3. any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries

    Definition of grape by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Grape n. [OF. grape, crape, bunch or cluster of grapes, F. grappe, akin to F. grappin grapnel, hook; fr. OHG. chrapfo hook, G. krapfen, akin to E. cramp. The sense seems to have come from the idea of clutching. Cf. Agraffe, Cramp, Grapnel, Grapple.]
      1. ( Bot. ) A well-known edible berry growing in pendent clusters or bunches on the grapevine. The berries are smooth-skinned, have a juicy pulp, and are cultivated in great quantities for table use and for making wine and raisins.

      2. ( Bot. ) The plant which bears this fruit; the grapevine.

      3. ( Man. ) A mangy tumor on the leg of a horse.

      4. ( Mil. ) Grapeshot.

      Grape borer. ( Zool. ) See Vine borer. -- Grape curculio ( Zool. ), a minute black weevil ( Craponius inæqualis ) which in the larval state eats the interior of grapes. -- Grape flower, or Grape hyacinth ( Bot. ), a liliaceous plant ( Muscari racemosum ) with small blue globular flowers in a dense raceme. -- Grape fungus ( Bot. ), a fungus ( Oidium Tuckeri ) on grapevines; vine mildew. -- Grape hopper ( Zool. ), a small yellow and red hemipterous insect, often very injurious to the leaves of the grapevine. -- Grape moth ( Zool. ), a small moth ( Eudemis botrana ), which in the larval state eats the interior of grapes, and often binds them together with silk. -- Grape of a cannon, the cascabel or knob at the breech. -- Grape sugar. See Glucose. -- Grape worm ( Zool. ), the larva of the grape moth. -- Sour grapes, things which persons affect to despise because they can not possess them; -- in allusion to Æsop's fable of the fox and the grapes.