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eggplant

[ eg-plant, -plahnt ]

noun

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


eggplant

/ ˈɛɡˌplɑːnt /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of eggplant1

First recorded in 1760–70; egg 1 + plant
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Example Sentences

Then, the sausage is added and cooked through, followed by the eggplant and water, which creates a flavorful liquid in which to cook the pasta.

It’s a sumptuous, produce-packed dish based on the traditional Afghan borani banjan in which the eggplant is typically fried, but grilling it instead works beautifully.

There is also an eggplant taco with tomatillo jam for vegetarians.

Roast halved mushrooms, quartered zucchini, chopped potatoes or sliced eggplant instead.

She says the food she cooks is everyday food in Japan — miso eggplant stir fries and fried-up sausages and so very many eggs.

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They have putrid California grapes for eyes, puffed-out cheeks of spoiled plums, sweltered eggplant lips.

Tomatoes are nightshades, a plant family whose other members include tobacco, potatoes, pimentos, peppers, eggplant and paprika.

Remember those quaint ethnic communities, once teeming with stickball games and eggplant-shaped old women wielding rolling pins?

That all changes when Ellen, via earpiece, has her shout, “I smell eggplant!”

On Thursday he took his final send-off in a patterned eggplant silk ensemble.

The waxen gentleman looked a trifle more intelligent than an eggplant.

Corn for soup, and tomatoes, eggplant and peaches all in one good dinner, and yet all cheap.

Lettuce was almost ready; peas and corn progressing nicely, and later on there would be cucumbers and tomatoes and eggplant.

When the whole is thoroughly blended, pack it into the shell of the eggplant and place in the oven.

Add another 1/4 cupful of crumbs and the remaining eggplant, dot again with butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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