1. Any of various woody vines of the genus Vitis, bearing clusters of edible berries and widely cultivated in many species and varieties.
2. The fleshy, smooth-skinned, purple, red, or green berry of a grape, eaten raw or dried as a raisin and widely used in winemaking.
3. A dark violet to dark grayish purple.
[Middle English, from Old French, bunch of grapes, hook, of Germanic origin.]
grap·ey, grap·y adj.
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