from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small tropical American tree (Coccoloba uvifera) growing on sandy beaches and having large, leathery, rounded leaves and edible purplish fruit arranged in grapelike clusters.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See grape.
  • noun The grape-tree or seaside grape, Coccoloba uvifera. See grape-tree.
  • noun A glasswort, Salicornia herbacea.
  • noun 4. plural The clustered egg-cases of squids, cuttles, and other cephalopods. Sometimes they are numerous enough to choke the dredges and interfere with oystering.
  • noun The salt-grape (which see, under grape).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • The gulf weed. See under gulf.
  • A shrubby plant (Coccoloba uvifera) growing on the sandy shores of tropical America, somewhat resembling the grapevine.
  • (Zoöl.) The clusters of gelatinous egg capsules of a squid (Loligo).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small tree, Coccolobis uvifera, that grows on sandy beaches in tropical America; it has clusters of purple fruit
  • noun The gulf weed.
  • noun The clusters of gelatinous egg capsules of a squid (Loligo).


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