Definition of grapevine in English:

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grapevine

Pronunciation: /ˈɡreɪpvʌɪn/

noun

1A vine native to both Eurasia and North America, especially one bearing grapes used for eating or winemaking.
  • Genus Vitis, family Vitaceae: many species, in particular V. vinifera and the American V. labrusca
Example sentences
  • 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 rumours and unofficial information: I’d heard on the grapevine that the business was nearly settled
More example sentences
  • 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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