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[vahyn] /vaɪn/
any plant having a long, slender stem that trails or creeps on the ground or climbs by winding itself about a support or holding fast with tendrils or claspers.
the stem of any such plant.
a grape plant.
Origin of vine
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French vi(g)ne < Latin vīnea vine(yard), equivalent to vīn(um) wine + -ea, feminine of -eus -eous
Related forms
vineless, adjective
vinelike, adjective Unabridged
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  • vine vigorous and hardy, producing average to good crops, often subject to mildew.

    The Grapes of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • If the vine clings to the cedar, the connection is but mechanical.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • vine vigorous, usually hardy but subject to injury in severe seasons, moderately productive to productive.

    The Grapes of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Newchwang was long on the vine at that very moment, but he did not get that.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • Significant then, that he worshipped "the viol, the violet, and the vine" of Poe.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for vine


any of various plants, esp the grapevine, having long flexible stems that creep along the ground or climb by clinging to a support by means of tendrils, leafstalks, etc
the stem of such a plant
Derived Forms
vined, adjective
vineless, adjective
vinelike, adjective
viny, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French vine, from Latin vīnea vineyard, from vīneus belonging to wine, from vīnum wine


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Word Origin and History for vine

c.1300, from Old French vigne, from Latin vinea "vine, vineyard," from vinum "wine," from PIE *win-o-, from an Italic noun related to words for "wine" in Greek, Armenian, Hittite, and non-Indo-European Georgian and West Semitic (cf. Hebrew yayin, Ethiopian wayn); probably ultimately from a lost Mediterranean language word *w(o)in- "wine." The European grape vine was imported to California via Mexico by priests in 1564.

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