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vine

[vahyn] /vaɪn/
noun
1.
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.
2.
the stem of any such plant.
3.
a grape plant.
Origin of vine
1250-1300
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
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Examples from the Web for vines
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  • The moon came up after awhile, and streamed in through the vines of the porch.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • The muses, like vines, may be pruned, but not with a hatchet.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • Homer pictures the youths and the maidens pressing the vines together.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • I plunged into the avenue of the vines leading to the grotto.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • Fruit trees, Turkey corn, vines, and flax flourished in luxuriance.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for vines

vine

/vaɪn/
noun
1.
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
2.
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

Vine

/vaɪn/
noun
1.
Barbara. See (Ruth) Rendell
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Word Origin and History for vines

vine

n.

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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Idioms and Phrases with vines
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