1A vine native to both Eurasia and North America, especially one bearing fruit (grapes) used for eating or winemaking. Numerous cultivars and hybrids have been developed for the winemaking industry.
- Genus Vitis, family Vitaceae: many species, in particular V. vinifera and the American V. labrusca
- It attacks only grapevines, and kills vines by attacking their roots.
- Though native, grapevines sometimes become too prolific and pull large trees over, causing a loss of shade, which many herbs need.
- Wheat, grapevines, almonds, olives, and oranges were planted from the beginning.
2 informal Used to refer to the circulation of rumors and unofficial information: I’d heard through the grapevine that the business was nearly settled
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- I've heard the rumours on the grapevine, but am I the only coach to sign players in the summer?
- But, the rumours are on the grapevine that there are still some very big fish out there to be caught.
- As soundbytes of gossip regarding imminent closures of galleries circulated through the grapevine in past months, I admit I panicked at first.
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