• WordNet 3.6
    • n raisin dried grape
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 75% of all raisins eaten by people in the United States are eaten at breakfast
    • Raisin A grape dried in the sun or by artificial heat.
    • Raisin A grape, or a bunch of grapes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most popular brand of raisins is Sunmaid
    • n raisin A cluster of grapes; also, a grape.
    • n raisin A dried grape of the common Old World species, Vitis vinifera. Only certain saccharine varieties of the grape, however, thriving in special localities, are available for raisins. The larger part of ordinary large raisins are produced on a narrow tract in Mediterranean Spain. These are all sometimes classed as Malaga raisins, but this name belongs more properly to the “dessert-raisins” grown about Malaga: they are also called muscatels from the variety of grape, blooms from retaining a glaucous surface, and, in part at least, raisins of the sun or sun-raisins because dried on the vine, the leaves being removed, and sometimes the cluster-stem half-severed. When packed between sheets of paper, these are known as layer raisins. Raisins suitable for cookery, or “pudding-raisins,” sometimes called lexias, are produced especially at Valencia. These are cured, after cutting from the vine, in the sun, or in bad weather in heated chambers, the quality in the latter case being inferior. The clusters are often dipped in potash lye to soften the skin, favor drying, and impart a gloss. Excluding the “Corinthian raisin” (see below), the next most important source of raisins is the vicinity of Smyrna, including Chesme, near Chios. Here are produced nearly all the sultanas, small seedless raisins with a golden-yellow delicate skin and sweet aromatic flavor. Raisins are also a product of Persia, of Greece, Italy, and southern France, of the Cape of Good Hope, Australia, and California. No variety of native American grape has yet been developed suitable for the preparation of raisins. See raisin-wine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If a raisin is dropped into a glass of champagne it will bounce up and down in the glass
    • n Raisin rā′zn a dried ripe grape
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  • Avery Brooks
    Avery Brooks
    “At least the box is full of something useful. [On his photo gracing a box of Raisin Bran]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. raisin, grape, raisin, L. racemus, cluster of grapes or berries; cf. Gr. "ra`x "rago`s, berry, grape. Cf. Raceme
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. racemus, a bunch of grapes.


In literature:

Be prevailed upon to taste these dropt raisins or a fond pudding.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
He is an orphan too, like you, James ... raised by an uncle so far as he had a raisin'.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
He was not in the battle of the river Raisin on the 22d of January.
"Life of Tecumseh, and of His Brother the Prophet" by Benjamin Drake
Why any wonder when the color of the sand is so dark and raisins are fig trees and apples are smarter.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
But are raisins high or low, Flour and suet cheap or dear?
"The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood" by Thomas Hood
There's raisins in this rice puddin', ain't there?
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
Debby has quantities of raisins stoned already.
"Clover" by Susan Coolidge
A commerce that whitens every sea in quest of nuts and raisins, and makes slaves of its sailors for this purpose!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 72, October, 1863" by Various
Now, who'd 'a' thought dat a lady of yo' raisin' an unnerstannin' would 'a' brung dat up.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
They get poor needles, poor thread, poor sugar, poor raisins, poor tea, poor coal.
"Atlantic Monthly,Volume 14, No. 82, August, 1864" by Various

In poetry:

"No apple sauce, no pumpkin pies,
No nuts and raisins plump,
No oranges and gingersnaps,
No taffy in a lump.
"November" by Nancy Byrd Turner
That bankers, warehousemen, and sich
Was fatt'nin' on the planter,
And Tennessy was rotten-rich
A-raisin' meat and corn, all which
Draw'd money to Atlanta:
"Jones's Private Argyment" by Sidney Lanier
What is it?
What is it, in the grape turning raisin,
In the medlar, in the sorb-apple.
Wineskins of brown morbidity,
Autumnal excrementa;
What is it that reminds us of white gods?
"Medlars And Sorb-Apples" by D H Lawrence
There was nae lockit yett, an' nae bow-wowin' tyke
To keep me frae stappin' inside o' the dyke;
It was juist when Aul' Johnnie was raisin' the saum—
The beuk it was ta'en in the quiet mornin' caum.
"The Ballad O' Mary Muiren" by Janet Hamilton
The range's filled up with farmers and there's fences ev'rywhere
A painted house 'most ev'ry quarter mile
They're raisin' blooded cattle and plantin' sorted seed
And puttin' on a painful lot o' style
"The Old Cowboy's Lament" by Robert Van Carr
Wheat, Wheat, Wheat! Oh, the sound of it is sweet!
I've been praisin' it an' raisin' it in rain an' wind an' heat
Since the time I learned to toddle, till it's beatin' in my noddle,
Is the little song I'm singin' you of Wheat, Wheat, Wheat.
"Wheat" by C J Dennis

In news:

Raisin Charter Township Board of trustees held a special meeting on Monday morning, Oct 15, in order to fill the unexpired term of Township Supervisor, Carl Wagner, who passed away on October 9.
Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death.
The cast and crew of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Phylicia Rashad, celebrated its opening at The Center Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles on Jan 22.
She previously won Tonys for Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime and A Raisin in the Sun.
Sultanas, a fancy Turkish variety of golden raisins (you can sub in regular golden raisins), add a tangy sweetness to roasted cauliflower with capers and herbs.
1 Cup SooFoo Milk Honey Cinnamon Raisins Almonds.
Raisin ' the King Of Pop.
Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin .
The current run of Lorraine Hansberry's classic 1959 play "A Raisin in the Sun" concludes on Sunday.
Web Extra for ' Raisin in the Sun,' Part 2.
The Supreme Court will consider California raisin concerns.
California raisin concerns are headed to the Supreme Court by way of Horne v US Department of Agriculture, justices said Tuesday.
Raisin Charter Township Board of trustees held a special meeting on Monday morning, Oct 15, in order to fill the unexpired term of Township Supervisor, Carl Wagner, who passed away on October 9.
Raisin Growers Fight the 'Craisin'.
Supreme Court will hear Valley raisin farmers' case.

In science:

The direction of packages raisin the being a research in extracted table of the packages, differently of the traditional routing, which researches in routing tables, obtaining of the packages just the destiny IP address.
Use MPLS in Lan's
California raisin label will soon find a solution to that.
Astrophysics in 2005
Remember we also own a collection of raisin labels.
Astrophysics in 2005
Possibly the first model of an atom in the 20-th century was Kelvin’s static one of a sphere of uniformly distributed positive electricity with embedded discrete electrons, followed closely by the Thomson’s model of ”the pudding with raisin muffins in it” .
Geometric model of the structure of the neutron