wild grape, noun phrase

Any of several shrubs or small trees which resemble vines or bear edible, grape-like fruits:
1. Any of several species of Vitaceae (the grape-vine family): a. Any of several plants of the genus Rhoicissus, especially R. tomentosa; see also droog-my-keel sense 1 a. b. Ampelocissus africana. c. Cyphostemma cirrhosum; droog-my-keel sense 1 b.
1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. II. 244I speak here of the fruit of a particular species of these plants, which is called the wild grape, on account of the great resemblance which its leaves have to those of the vine.
1892 Kameahs in Cape Illust. Mag. Nov. 91Those black, spherical berries, hanging all over the trees to the very tops like bead embroidery on a green dress, are Wild Grapes. They make a most delicious preserve.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 559Wild grapes, The fruit of Rhoicissus capensis.., which makes a preserve like black currants in flavour.
1932 Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk Medicinal & Poisonous Plants 108A cold infusion of the root of Lannea edulis..Wild grape,..is used by the Lemba for treating diarrhoea.
1975 J.M. Gibson Wild Flowers of Natal 62Rhoicissus tridentata..(Wild Grape)...The fruits..are like raisins but make the mouth exceedingly dry.
1982 Fox & Norwood Young Food from Veld 40Scramblers, herbaceous bushes or ‘underground trees’ such as the wild grape (Lannea edulis).
1982 Fox & Norwood Young Food from Veld 366This (sc. R. tomentosa) is one of the best of the wild grapes...Rhoicissus rhomboidea, Common name in English is ‘wild grapes’...A vigorous wild grape.
1982 Fox & Norwood Young Food from Veld 368Cyphostemma rhodesiae..Common name in English, wild grape.
1986 Y. Van Wijk Practical Bk of Herbs 17Rhoicissus tomentosa Wild Grape..Jam and syrup, used by 1820 Settlers.
1989 B. Courtenay Power of One 155Tall old yellow wood trees, the branches draped with beard lichen and the vines of wild grape.
1993 Grocott’s Mail 6 Aug. 10Rhoicissus Tomentosa..Common Forest Wild Grape.
2. Lannea edulis of the Anacardiaceae.
Any of several shrubs or small trees which resemble vines or bear edible, grape-like fruits:
Any of several plants of the genus Rhoicissus, especially R. tomentosa;
Ampelocissus africana.
Cyphostemma cirrhosum; droog-my-keel1 b.
Lannea edulis of the Anacardiaceae.

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