One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of several tropical American trees having grape-like fruits; especially any tree of the genus Coccoloba (family Polygonaceae) (also "mountain grape tree") (now rare).
2US either of two vines (Vitis species) native to the south-western United States, V. monticola and V. rupestris.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Patrick Browne (c1720–1790), physician and botanist.
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