- any plant having a long, slender stem that trails or creeps on the ground or climbs by winding itself about a support or holding fast with tendrils or claspers.
- the stem of any such plant.
- a grape plant.
- any of various plants, esp the grapevine, having long flexible stems that creep along the ground or climb by clinging to a support by means of tendrils, leafstalks, etc
- the stem of such a plant
- Barbara. See (Ruth) Rendell
c.1300, from Old French vigne, from Latin vinea “vine, vineyard,” from vinum “wine,” from PIE *win-o-, from an Italic noun related to words for “wine” in Greek, Armenian, Hittite, and non-Indo-European Georgian and West Semitic (cf. Hebrew yayin, Ethiopian wayn); probably ultimately from a lost Mediterranean language word *w(o)in- “wine.” The European grape vine was imported to California via Mexico by priests in 1564.
see clinging vine; wither on the vine.