fox grape EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a vine, Vitis labrusca, chiefly of the northeastern U.S., from which numerous cultivated grape varieties have been developed. the usually purplish-black, thick-skinned, sweet, musky fruit of this vine.
Origin of fox grape An Americanism dating back to 1630–40 Also called skunk grape. Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for fox grape Historical Examples of fox grape
The fox-grape is also found in great plenty, and as big as one’s thumb.
The vine resembles the fox-grape in growth, being strong and vigorous.
Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
Jake held the narrow dugout steady by a grip upon a fox-grape tendril.
Irvin S. Cobb
The tother tree to which its roots had been clingin’ had gone into the river, takin’ the fox-grape along wi’ it.
Either rumour had exaggerated the virtues of fox-grape juice, or the Northmen were not such good judges of wine as of ale.
British Dictionary definitions for fox grape fox grape noun a common wild grape, Vitis labrusca of the northern US, having purplish-black fruit and woolly leaves: the source of many cultivated grapes, including the catawba Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012