muscadine

[muhs-kuh-din, -dahyn]
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noun

a grape, Vitis rotundifolia, of the southern U.S., having dull purple, thick-skinned musky fruit and being the origin of many grape varieties.

Nearby words

  1. musca,
  2. musca volitans,
  3. muscadel,
  4. muscadet,
  5. muscadin,
  6. muscae,
  7. muscae volitantes,
  8. muscari,
  9. muscarine,
  10. muscarinic

Origin of muscadine

First recorded in 1535–45; muscad(el) + -ine1

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British Dictionary definitions for muscadine

muscadine

noun

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

Word Origin for muscadine

C16: from muscadel

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