grapevine

The grapevine is a word for gossip. Anything heard on the grapevine was learned by word of mouth.

In the Civil War, a grapevine telegraph was a gadget used for communicating. From there, people started talking about "the grapevine" as a source of information, especially gossip. If you heard from a friend of a friend that another friend is getting married, you heard it on the grapevine. If your cousin's cousin told you about a family scandal, you heard it on the grapevine. The grapevine is unofficial and full of hearsay: what you hear might not be accurate.

Definitions of grapevine
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n gossip spread by spoken communication

Synonyms:
pipeline, word of mouth
Type of:
comment, gossip, scuttlebutt
a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people

n any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries

Synonyms:
grape, grape vine
Types:
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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
Type of:
vine
a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface

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