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[greyp] /greɪp/
the edible, pulpy, smooth-skinned berry or fruit that grows in clusters on vines of the genus Vitis, and from which wine is made.
any vine bearing this fruit.
a dull, dark, purplish-red color.
grapes, (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.
  1. tuberculosis occurring in cattle, characterized by the internal formation of grapelike clusters, especially in the lungs.
  2. tuberculosis occurring in horses, characterized by grapelike clusters on the fetlocks.
the grape, wine.
1200-50; Middle English < Old French, variant of crape cluster of fruit or flowers, orig. hook < Germanic; compare German Krapf hook and grapple, grapnel
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grapelike, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for grapes


(functioning as sing) (vet science, archaic) an abnormal growth, resembling a bunch of grapes, on the fetlock of a horse


the fruit of the grapevine, which has a purple or green skin and sweet flesh: eaten raw, dried to make raisins, currants, or sultanas, or used for making wine
any of various plants that bear grapelike fruit, such as the Oregon grape
See grapevine (sense 1)
the grape, an informal term for wine
See grapeshot
Derived Forms
grapeless, adjective
grapelike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French grape bunch of grapes, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German krāpfo; related to cramp², grapple
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Word Origin and History for grapes
mid-13c., from O.Fr. grape "bunch of grapes," from graper "pick grapes," from Frankish, from P.Gmc. *krappon "hook" (cf. O.H.G. krapfo "hook"). The original notion was "vine hook for grape-picking." The vine is not native to England. The word replaced O.E. winberige "wine berry." Grapefruit first recorded 1693 in Hans Sloane's catalogue of Jamaican plants; presumably it originated there from chance hybrids between other cultivated citrus. So called because it grows in clusters. Grapeshot is from 1747; originally simply grape, as a collective singular (1680s). Grapevine "rumor source" is 1862, from U.S. Civil War slang for "telegraph wires."
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Slang definitions & phrases for grapes



Wine or champagne (1636+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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grapes in Technology

A Modula-like system description language.
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["GRAPES Language Description. Syntax, Semantics and Grammar of GRAPES-86", Siemens Nixdorf Inform, Berlin 1991, ISBN 3-8009-4112-0].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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grapes in the Bible

the fruit of the vine, which was extensively cultivated in Palestine. Grapes are spoken of as "tender" (Cant. 2:13, 15), "unripe" (Job 15:33), "sour" (Isa. 18:5), "wild" (Isa. 5:2,4). (See Rev. 14:18; Micah 7:1; Jer. 6:9; Ezek. 18:2, for figurative use of the word.) (See VINE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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