One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shaped like a bunch of grapes; (in early use) bearing flowers in clusters or racemes, which develop successively from the base upward. Now chiefly Mycology.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Asa Gray (1810–1888), botanist. From ancient Greek βότρυς cluster of grapes + -ose, after German botrytisch.
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