fox grape

fox grape

noun
1.
a vine, Vitis labrusca, chiefly of the northeastern U.S., from which numerous cultivated grape varieties have been developed.
2.
the usually purplish-black, thick-skinned, sweet, musky fruit of this vine.
Also called skunk grape.


Origin:
1630–40, Americanism

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fox grape
 
n
a common wild grape, Vitis labrusca of the northern US, having purplish-black fruit and woolly leaves: the source of many cultivated grapes, including the catawba

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