Isabella grape

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Isabella grape (Bot) A favorite sweet American grape of a purple color. See Fox grape, under Fox.
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Usage

In literature:

To-day picked my Isabella grapes.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
The advent of Isabella and Catawba wholly turned the thoughts of vineyardists from Old World to New World grapes.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
The Isabella grape is hardy and productive in western New York.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
The Long Island stock of the Isabella grape was brought to New York by Mrs. Isabella Gibbs: hence the derivation of the name.
"Voyage of the Paper Canoe" by Nathaniel H. Bishop
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In poetry:

Here's where the cherries grew that birds forgot,
And apples bright as dogstars; now there is not
An apple or a cherry; only grapes,
But wild ones, Isabella grapes they're called,
Small, pointed, black, like boughs of musket-shot.
"Wild Grapes" by Kenneth Slessor
Isabella grapes, outlaws of a strange bough,
That in their harsh sweetness remind me somehow Of dark hair swinging and silver pins,
A girl half-fierce, half-melting, as these grapes,
Kissed here –— or killed here –— but who remembers now?
"Wild Grapes" by Kenneth Slessor