[eg-plant, -plahnt]


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. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of eggplant

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

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    Pizza Might Be Your Enemy

    Daniela Drake

    March 9, 2014

  • The sweet potato fries (actually roasted) and eggplant pizza were perfectly prepared.

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    Margaret Carlson

    February 5, 2012

  • Then add the zucchini, peppers, eggplant, and chilies and cook, stirring for a further 10 minutes.

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    June 7, 2011

  • The book is worth reading for the chapter titles alone: "Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant," "Repulsive Dinners: A Memoir."

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    Tien Nguyen

    March 1, 2011

  • Use the back of the spoon to press the eggplant flesh against the side of the colander to remove excess water.

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    Into the Heart of Turkey

    Sophie Menin

    September 28, 2010

Historical Examples of eggplant

British Dictionary definitions for eggplant



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for eggplant

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper