[skuhp-er-nawng, -nong]

Origin of scuppernong

1805–15, Americanism; short for scuppernong grape, after a river in North Carolina Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of scuppernong

  • No Scuppernong vine, he says, should be without its mocking bird to defend it.

  • A seedling of Scuppernong pollinated by Vitis munsoniana; from Munson in 1896.

  • A seedling of Scuppernong crossed with a Lincecumii hybrid; from Munson, about 1898.

  • The Scuppernong is the best of all grapes, for general cultivation at the South.

    Soil Culture

    J. H. Walden

  • Also there was a cup of sweet wine, home-pressed from the berries the Indian scuppernong, to wash them down.

British Dictionary definitions for scuppernong


  1. a sweet American wine, slightly golden, made from a variety of muscadine grape
  2. another name for muscadine, the variety from which this wine is made

Word Origin for scuppernong

C19: named after Scuppernong River in North Carolina where the grape grows
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Word Origin and History for scuppernong

cultivated muscadine grape vine, 1811, from name of a river in North Carolina, U.S., recorded 18c. as Cascoponung, Cuscopang, from an unidentified American Indian word.

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