One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a group of species and varieties of wine grape native to Mexico and the southeastern US, typically having thick skins and a musky flavor.
Genus Vitis (section Muscadinia): several species, in particular V. rotundifolia
- ‘On their way to a party they spotted a basket of sweet muscadine grapes at a roadside stall.’
- ‘In the solitude of the piney trails amidst the muscadines, the spines of his stories emerge - stories that are said to ‘rage with imagery.’’
- ‘A long, green swath of wilderness beckoned, and I eagerly began working my way through a tangle of muscadine vines and palmetto, beneath a hammock of arching live oaks.’
- ‘The undergrowth is often dense with dwarf palmettos and with such vines as earleaf, saw greenbriers (both very prickly), muscadine, and summer grape, all tough on hikers.’
- ‘Sweet muscadine grapes, blackberries, apples, jujubes and a host of other fruits will be available at these upcoming sales.’
- ‘They have supplied grapes to numerous other wineries within the state and been major suppliers of muscadines to area grocery stores for the fresh grape market.’
Probably an alteration of muscatel.
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