[ eg-plant, -plahnt ]
/ ˈɛgˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt /


a plant, Solanum melongena esculentum, of the nightshade family, cultivated for its edible, dark-purple or occasionally white or yellow fruit.
the fruit of this plant used as a table vegetable.
a blackish purple color; aubergine.

Origin of eggplant

First recorded in 1760–70; egg1 + plant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for eggplant

/ (ˈɛɡˌplɑːnt) /


a tropical Old World solanaceous plant, Solanum melongena, widely cultivated for its egg-shaped typically dark purple fruit
the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
Also called: aubergine
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