noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French grape grape stalk, bunch of grapes, grape, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krāpfo hook Date: 14th century 1. a smooth-skinned juicy greenish-white to deep red or purple berry eaten dried or fresh as a fruit or fermented to produce wine 2. any of numerous woody vines (genus Vitis of the family Vitaceae, the grape family) that usually climb by tendrils, produce clustered fruits that are grapes, and are nearly cosmopolitan in cultivation 3. grapeshotgrapelike adjective

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  • Grape — 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} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grape — mid 13c., from O.Fr. grape bunch of grapes, grape (12c.), probably a back formation from graper steal; grasp; catch with a hook; pick (grapes), from a Frankish word, from P.Gmc. *krappon hook (Cf. M.Du. crappe, O.H.G. krapfo hook; also see CRAMP… …   Etymology dictionary

  • grape — [grāp] n. [ME grap, replacing earlier winberie (see WINE & BERRY) < OFr grape, bunch of grapes < graper, to gather with a hook < Frank * krappo (OHG chrapfo), a hook: for IE base see CRADLE] 1. any of various small, round, smooth skinned …   English World dictionary

  • grape — [greıp] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: crape, grape hook, bunch of grapes ] one of a number of small round green or purple fruits that grow together on a ↑vine. Grapes are often used for making wine ▪ a bunch of grapes ▪ grape juice …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grape — grape; grape·less; grape·let; …   English syllables

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  • grape — [ greıp ] noun count * a small green or purple fruit that grows in BUNCHES on a VINE, often used for making wine => SOUR GRAPES …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grape — sb., n (grapefrugt) …   Dansk ordbog

  • Grape — This article is about the fruits of the genus Vitis. For the European grapevine, see Vitis vinifera. For other uses, see Grape (disambiguation). White table grapes Grapes, purple or green …   Wikipedia

  • grape — grapelike, adj. /grayp/, n. 1. the edible, pulpy, smooth skinned berry or fruit that grows in clusters on vines of the genus Vitis, and from which wine is made. 2. any vine bearing this fruit. 3. a dull, dark, purplish red color. 4. grapes, (used …   Universalium

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