aubergine

[ oh-ber-zheen, -jeen, oh-ber-; oh-ber-zheen, -jeen, oh-ber- ]
/ ˈoʊ bərˌʒin, -ˌdʒin, ˈoʊ bɛr-; ˌoʊ bərˈʒin, -ˈdʒin, ˌoʊ bɛr- /

noun

Chiefly British. eggplant.
a dark purplish color.

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Origin of aubergine

1785–95; < French < Catalan albargínia < Arabic al the + bādhinjān eggplant < Persian bādingān perhaps < Indo-Aryan; compare Sanskrit vātiṅgaṇaḥ

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British Dictionary definitions for aubergine

aubergine
/ (ˈəʊbəˌʒiːn) /

noun

a tropical Old World solanaceous plant, Solanum melongena, widely cultivated for its egg-shaped typically dark purple fruitUS, Canadian, and Australian name: eggplant
the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
  1. a dark purple colour
  2. (as adjective)an aubergine dress

Word Origin for aubergine

C18: from French, from Catalan alberginia, from Arabic al-bādindjān, ultimately from Sanskrit vatin-ganah, of obscure origin
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