grape

A grape is a small, sweet fruit that grows in clusters on a vine. Most grapes are either purple or green, and they make a delicious addition to a fruit salad.

Though grapes naturally contain tiny seeds, many varieties of so-called "table grapes" are bred to be seedless, so you can pop one grape after another in your mouth. Dried grapes are known as raisins, and this versatile berry is used to make many other products, including jelly, juice, and wine. Experts believe the word grape comes from an Old French verb, graper, "catch with a hook" or "pick grapes off the vine."

Definitions of grape
  1. noun
    any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries
    synonyms: grape vine, grapevine
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    Vitis labrusca, fox grape
    native grape of northeastern United States; origin of many cultivated varieties e.g. Concord grapes
    Vitis rotundifolia, muscadine
    native grape of southeastern United States; origin of many cultivated varieties
    Vitis vinifera, common grape vine, vinifera, vinifera grape
    common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes
    Chardonnay, chardonnay grape
    white wine grape
    Pinot, Pinot grape
    any of several purple or white wine grapes used especially for Burgundies and champagnes
    Sauvignon grape
    small blue-black grape of Medoc region of France highly prized in winemaking
    Cabernet Sauvignon grape
    superior red wine grapes grown especially in the Bordeaux region of France and northern California
    Sauvignon blanc
    white wine grape grown in California
    Merlot
    black wine grape originally from the region of Bordeaux
    Muscadet
    white grape grown especially in the valley the Loire in France
    Riesling
    white grape grown in Europe and California
    Zinfandel
    small black grape grown chiefly in California; transplanted from Europe
    Chenin blanc
    white grape grown especially in California and the lower Loire valley of France
    malvasia
    used to make malmsey wine
    muscat, muskat
    any of several cultivated grapevines that produce sweet white grapes
    Verdicchio
    a variety of white wine grape grown in Italy
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    vine
    a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
  2. noun
    any of various juicy fruit of the genus Vitis with green or purple skins; grow in clusters
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    bullace grape, muscadine
    dull-purple grape of southern United States
    slipskin grape
    a grape whose skin slips readily from the pulp
    vinifera grape
    grape from a cultivated variety of the common grape vine of Europe
    fox grape
    purplish-black wild grape of the eastern United States with tough skins that slip easily from the flesh; cultivated in many varieties
    scuppernong
    amber-green muscadine grape of southeastern United States
    emperor
    red table grape of California
    muscat, muscat grape, muscatel
    sweet aromatic grape used for raisins and wine
    ribier
    dark reddish-purple table grape of California
    sultana
    pale yellow seedless grape used for raisins and wine
    Tokay
    variety of wine grape originally grown in Hungary; the prototype of vinifera grapes
    Thompson Seedless
    seedless green table grape of California
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    edible fruit
    edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
  3. noun
    a cluster of small projectiles fired together from a cannon to produce a hail of shot
    synonyms: grapeshot
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    pellet, shot
    a solid missile discharged from a firearm
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