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[muhs-kuh-din, -dahyn]
  1. a grape, Vitis rotundifolia, of the southern U.S., having dull purple, thick-skinned musky fruit and being the origin of many grape varieties.
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Origin of muscadine

First recorded in 1535–45; muscad(el) + -ine1
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Historical Examples of muscadine

  • That fat fool Albemarle had swallowed my impeachment like a draught of muscadine.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Anon, with a half-laugh of contempt, he filled a glass of muscadine, and drained it.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The species is often known, too, as the Muscadine or Southern Muscadine.

  • A few years ago most of the Muscadine grapes grown in the South were used for wine-making.

  • Us too busy playin' and huntin' good berries in de wood, de huckleberry and grape and muscadine and chinquapins.

British Dictionary definitions for muscadine


  1. a woody climbing vitaceous plant, Vitis rotundifolia, of the southeastern US
  2. Also called: scuppernong, bullace grape the thick-skinned musk-scented purple grape produced by this plant: used to make wine
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Word Origin for muscadine

C16: from muscadel
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