One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resembling a bunch of grapes; = "botryoidal".
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Woodward (d. 1728), physician, natural historian, and antiquary. From post-classical Latin botryoides from Hellenistic Greek βοτρυοειδής like a bunch of grapes from ancient Greek βότρυς cluster of grapes, of unknown origin (perhaps a loanword) + -οειδής.
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