1. a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Vine \Vine\, n. [F. vigne, L. vinea a vineyard, vine from vineus
of or belonging to wine, vinum wine, grapes. See Wine, and
cf. Vignette.] (Bot.)
(a) Any woody climbing plant which bears grapes.
(b) Hence, a climbing or trailing plant; the long, slender
stem of any plant that trails on the ground, or climbs
by winding round a fixed object, or by seizing
anything with its tendrils, or claspers; a creeper;
as, the hop vine; the bean vine; the vines of melons,
squashes, pumpkins, and other cucurbitaceous plants.
There shall be no grapes on the vine. --Jer.
And one went out into the field to gather herbs,
and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild
gourds. --2 Kings iv.
Vine apple (Bot.), a small kind of squash. --Roger
Vine beetle (Zool.), any one of several species of beetles
which are injurious to the leaves or branches of the
grapevine. Among the more important species are the
grapevine fidia (see Fidia), the spotted Pelidnota
(Pelidnota punctata) (see Rutilian), the vine
fleabeetle (Graptodera chalybea), the rose beetle (see
under Rose), the vine weevil, and several species of
Colaspis and Anomala.
Vine borer. (Zool.)
(a) Any one of several species of beetles whose larvae
bore in the wood or pith of the grapevine, especially
Sinoxylon basilare, a small species the larva of
which bores in the stems, and Ampeloglypter
sesostris, a small reddish brown weevil (called also
vine weevil), which produces knotlike galls on the
(b) A clearwing moth (Aegeria polistiformis), whose
larva bores in the roots of the grapevine and is often
Vine dragon, an old and fruitless branch of a vine. [Obs.]
Vine forester (Zool.), any one of several species of moths
belonging to Alypia and allied genera, whose larvae feed
on the leaves of the grapevine.
Vine fretter (Zool.), a plant louse, esp. the phylloxera
that injuries the grapevine.
Vine grub (Zool.), any one of numerous species of insect
larvae that are injurious to the grapevine.
Vine hopper (Zool.), any one of several species of leaf
hoppers which suck the sap of the grapevine, especially
Erythroneura vitis. See Illust. of Grape hopper, under
Vine inchworm (Zool.), the larva of any species of
geometrid moths which feed on the leaves of the grapevine,
especially Cidaria diversilineata.
Vine-leaf rooer (Zool.), a small moth (Desmia maculalis)
whose larva makes a nest by rolling up the leaves of the
grapevine. The moth is brownish black, spotted with white.
Vine louse (Zool.), the phylloxera.
Vine mildew (Bot.), a fungous growth which forms a white,
delicate, cottony layer upon the leaves, young shoots, and
fruit of the vine, causing brown spots upon the green
parts, and finally a hardening and destruction of the
vitality of the surface. The plant has been called Oidium
Tuckeri, but is now thought to be the conidia-producing
stage of an Erysiphe.
Vine of Sodom (Bot.), a plant named in the Bible (--Deut.
xxxii. 32), now thought to be identical with the apple of
Sodom. See Apple of Sodom, under Apple.
Vine sawfly (Zool.), a small black sawfiy (Selandria
vitis) whose larva feeds upon the leaves of the
grapevine. The larvae stand side by side in clusters while
Vine slug (Zool.), the larva of the vine sawfly.
Vine sorrel (Bot.), a climbing plant (Cissus acida)
related to the grapevine, and having acid leaves. It is
found in Florida and the West Indies.
Vine sphinx (Zool.), any one of several species of hawk
moths. The larvae feed on grapevine leaves.
Vine weevil. (Zool.) See Vine borer
(a) above, and Wound gall, under Wound.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a plant with a weak stem that derives support from
climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
65 Moby Thesaurus words for "vine":
algae, autophyte, bean, bittersweet, bracken, brown algae,
clematis, climber, conferva, confervoid, creeper, dewberry, diatom,
fern, fruits and vegetables, fucus, fungus, grape, grapevine,
green algae, greenbrier, gulfweed, herb, heterophyte, honeysuckle,
hop, ivy, jasmine, kelp, legume, lentil, liana, lichen, liverwort,
mold, moss, mushroom, parasite, parasitic plant, pea, perthophyte,
phytoplankton, planktonic algae, plant families, poison ivy,
puffball, pulse, red algae, rockweed, rust, saprophyte, sargasso,
sargassum, sea lentil, sea moss, sea wrack, seaweed, smut,
succulent, toadstool, trumpet creeper, vetch, wisteria, wort,
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
one of the most important products of Palestine. The first
mention of it is in the history of Noah (Gen. 9:20). It is
afterwards frequently noticed both in the Old and New
Testaments, and in the ruins of terraced vineyards there are
evidences that it was extensively cultivated by the Jews. It was
cultivated in Palestine before the Israelites took possession of
it. The men sent out by Moses brought with them from the Valley
of Eshcol a cluster of grapes so large that "they bare it
between two upon a staff" (Num. 13: 23). The vineyards of
En-gedi (Cant. 1:14), Heshbon, Sibmah, Jazer, Elealeh (Isa.
16:8-10; Jer. 48:32, 34), and Helbon (Ezek. 27:18), as well as
of Eshcol, were celebrated.
The Church is compared to a vine (Ps. 80:8), and Christ says
of himself, "I am the vine" (John 15:1). In one of his parables
also (Matt. 21:33) our Lord compares his Church to a vineyard
which "a certain householder planted, and hedged round about,"
Hos. 10:1 is rendered in the Revised Version, "Israel is a
luxuriant vine, which putteth forth his fruit," instead of
"Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself,"
of the Authorized Version.