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, Grapple.]

1. Bot.

A well-known edible berry growing in pendent clusters or bunches on the grapevine. The berries are smooth-skinned, have a juicy pulp, and are cultivated in great quantities for table use and for making wine and raisins.

2. Bot.

The plant which bears this fruit; the grapevine.

3. Man.

A mangy tumor on the leg of a horse.

4. Mil.


Grape borer. Zool. See Vine borer. -- Grape curculio Zool., a minute black weevil (Craponius inaequalis) which in the larval state eats the interior of grapes. -- Grape flower, ∨ Grape hyacinth Bot., a liliaceous plant (Muscari racemosum) with small blue globular flowers in a dense raceme. -- Grape fungus Bot., a fungus (Oidium Tuckeri) on grapevines; vine mildew. -- Grape hopper Zool., a Small yellow and red hemipterous insect, often very injurious to the leaves of the grapevine. -- Grape moth Zool., a small moth (Eudemis botrana), which in the larval state eats the interior of grapes, and often binds them together with silk. -- Grape of a cannon, the cascabel or knob at the breech. -- Grape sugar. See Glucose. -- Grape worm Zool., the larva of the grape moth. -- Soar grapes, things which persons affect to despise because they can not possess them; -- in allusion to


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