1. <botany> 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. <botany> The plant which bears this fruit; the grapevine.

3. A mangy tumour on the leg of a horse.

4. Grapeshot. Grape borer.

<zoology> A minute black weevil (Craponius inaequalis) which in the larval state eats the interior of grapes.

<botany> Grape flower, or Grape hyacinth, the larva of the grape moth. Soar grapes, things which persons affect to despise because they can not possess them; in allusion to aesop's fable of the fox and the grapes.

Origin: 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.

(01 Mar 1998)

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