Wednesday Words & Phrases: Grape

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Yes, when you hear grape you most likely think about those little beauties in the picture above.  But how did they get their name?

Well from this:

Woman using a grape to harvest grapes.

The curved knife in the lovely lady’s hand was called by several names during the medieval era, one of which was grape. During times of war grapes (the knife) were used to penetrate the cracks, crevices and joints of armor. The sharp point and hook were very effective at getting around the protection and into the flesh of the enemy.

In times of peace the grape was very effective in harvesting “wine berries” from their vine. (Yep that’s what they were called!) Eventually the name transferred from the knife to the berries which they harvested.