Definition of fox grape in US English:

fox grape


  • A wild grape-bearing vine native to the eastern US.

    Also called labrusca, Isabella
    • ‘In the spring of the year, when the leaves begin to open, the wild fox grape sends forth its flower buds.’
    • ‘Do not confuse the fox grape vine with Canada Moonseed, which is considered toxic.’
    • ‘The Spanish, English, and other sailors who came to the Chesapeake Bay brought rum, and the settlers brewed beer and tried to make wine from the native fox grapes.’
    • ‘Folklore claims that foxes were attracted to this species of grape, hence the scientific name Vitis vulpina and the common names fox grape and vixen grape.’
    • ‘Muscadines have acquired many commonly used names over the centuries, such as bull grape, bullace, bullets (all based on the fruit being the size of a bull's eye), muscadine, scuppernong, fox grapes, and many others too numerous to list here.’
    • ‘Stomach contents have also revealed apple seeds, fox grapes, nightshade berries, turtle-head seeds, partride berries, and elderberries.’
    • ‘The wild purple or fox grape is the ancestor of the Concord grape, developed at Concord, Massachusetts.’
    • ‘Vikings who were exploring the eastern seaboard of North America long before the time of Columbus, evidently found at least one of the New World types of grape, probably V. labrusca, the fox grape.’
    • ‘The European grape is classified as Vitis vinifera, the northern fox grape as Vitis labrusca, the summer grape as Vitis aestivalis, the riverbank grape as Vitis riparia, and the muscadine grape as Vitis rotundifolia.’
    • ‘In the wine the flavor is called foxy flavor after the fox grapes that produce it.’
    • ‘‘The fox grapes are sweet,’ she told Ben, lifting another one to her mouth.’
    • ‘Some of the cultivated cousins of the hardy fox grape, Vitis labrusca, which are sometimes found in the wild are the Alexander, Catawba, Champion, Concord, Delaware, and Niagara.’
    • ‘This jelly is made from the tender, juicy fruits of the wild fox grape.’