eggplant

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

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.

Nearby words

  1. eggheaded,
  2. eggler,
  3. eggleston,
  4. eggleston, edward,
  5. eggnog,
  6. eggs benedict,
  7. eggshell,
  8. eggshell porcelain,
  9. egham,
  10. egis

Origin of eggplant

First recorded in 1760–70; egg1 + plant

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British Dictionary definitions for eggplant

eggplant

/ (ˈɛɡˌplɑːnt) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for eggplant

eggplant

n.

1767, from egg (n.) + plant (n.). Originally of the white variety. Cf. aubergine.

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